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Paraphrasing and Quoting



When incorporating information from another source into your writing, you can quote or paraphrase the source.

Quoting is using the information exactly as it is in the original source. Quoted information must be cited.

Paraphrasing is often described as putting someone else's words or ideas into your own words but it is more than simply rearranging or rewording an original passage. Paraphrasing consists of reading the original passage, understanding what the original author is saying, synthesizing the information, and then writing the ideas in your own words.

Some of the most common mistakes made when writing a research paper are paraphrasing incorrectly and failing to give the original author credit by citing the source.

For an explanation of paraphrasing correctly, view this brief video.


Peake, David. "Avoid Plagiarism in Research Papers with Paraphrases & Quotations" 20 March 2009. Online video clip. YouTube. Accessed on 22 September 2011.

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