P a g e | 1 A Guide to Paraphrasing Correctly Actively Read the Source Material Read entire sections, not individual sentences, searching for the author’s main ideas. Take notes as you read instead of simply highlighting or underlining information. Look away and think about the Source Material The easiest way to fall into plagiarism is to look at the source while you are attempting to paraphrase. Once you finish a section, put the source material aside. As you read through your notes on the section, think about the information. What was main point the author was trying to communicate? What are the implications or applications of the information? Are their instances when the information does not apply? The more you understand the author’s main idea and how that applies to specific situations, the easier it will be to communicate the idea in your own words. You cannot effectively paraphrase information you have not fully integrated into your own thoughts.
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