Bailey, 2011 English 102 Paraphrasing A paraphrase is. .. • Your own rendition of essential information and ideas expressed by someone else, presented in a new form. • One legitimate way (when accompanied by accurate documentation) to borrow from a source. • A more detailed restatement than a summary, which focuses concisely on a single main idea. Paraphrasing is a valuable skill because. .. • It is better than quoting information from an undistinguished passage. • It helps you control the temptation to quote too much. • The mental process required for successful paraphrasing helps you to grasp the full meaning of the original. 6 Steps to Effective Paraphrasing 1. Reread the original passage until you understand its full meaning. 2. Set the original aside, and write your paraphrase on a note card. 3. Jot down a few words below your paraphrase to remind you later how you envision using this material. At the top of the note card, write a key word or phrase to indicate the subject of your paraphrase. 4.
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