Ten useful steps

Follow these ten useful steps when you are attempting to paraphrase an author's argument or idea:

  1. Read the source
  2. Understand the source
  3. Highlight any technical words that you cannot change
  4. Put the source aside
  5. Write the main idea or point in your own words
  6. Re-read the source quickly to ensure you've included what is important
  7. Put away the source again
  8. Re-read your paraphrase and edit further if needed
  9. Check for correct sentence structure and grammar
  10. Incorporate the paraphrase into your assignment wherever it belongs.