Avoiding plagiarism through quoting and paraphrasing

What is paraphrasing?


Paraphrasing is presenting ideas and information in your own words and acknowledging where they come from. By using your own words, you demonstrate your understanding and your ability to convey this information.

Watch this short video to gain an understanding of the steps involved in paraphrasing and to learn some tips for how to do it effectively. You may find it useful to pause the video at each of the steps so you can read the example text.

Key Points Identified in the Video:

We have identified 5 steps involved with paraphrasing. They include:

  1. Read the original text until you understand it
  2. Note down key concepts
  3. Write down your version of the text without looking at the original
  4. Compare your paraphrased text and make adjustments to ensure that it does not remain too similar. Edit your work so it is written in an academic manner and it flows with the rest of your assignment
  5. Make sure you have included a citation

Four tips for paraphrasing:

  1. Start your first sentence at a different point from the original source
  2. Use synonyms
  3. Change the form of words
  4. Change the sentence structure


Once you have watched the short video above, practise your paraphrasing by working through the steps of paraphrasing in this interactive resource. You will be able to export your notes at the end of the presentation.

For More Information 

If you would like further support with paraphrasing, follow the links to the resources below.