What is paraphrasing?
Paraphrasing is when you read a piece of work and then rewrite it in your own words while retaining the flavour and ideas of the original text. Paraphrasing demonstrates that you have understood the academic context of the piece and allows you to support your argument. Watch this video from Dr Jane McKay of the Learning Development Centre in Health and Life Sciences. It will help you understand what you need to do.
Top Tips on paraphrasing. When you intend to paraphrase:
- read the piece of text.
- put the original text to one side and try re-writing it in your own words.
- if you find it difficult to do this it may be that you haven’t understood the concept behind the piece of writing. Read the text again until you are confident you understand its meaning.
- remember to keep the ‘flavour’ of the article when you write it in your own words.
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