How do you paraphrase a paragraph?


A paraphrase is different from a summary. In a summary, you are just giving the main ideas, but a paraphrase should tell all of the information in the original source. A paraphrase is different from the original because it uses easier, more simple words and phrases. Often the sentences are shorter and written in a more direct style. When you write a paraphrase, the writing should sound like you, not like an author. A paraphrase is often longer than the original because you need more words to explain something. If there is difficult language in the original or some complicated information, the paraphrase should explain that or define the terms. The process of creating a paraphrase is explained above, but briefly, the way to write one is to read the original many times, looking up any words or phrases you don't know until you are sure you understand what the original says. Then put the original aside and write out what that paragraph means in your own words. Finally, you will need to re-read the original alongside your paraphrase to make sure you have included all of the details.

Updated on March 5, 2018

Original Article:

How to Paraphrase, Quote, and Summarize Properly in Academic Papers
By Virginia Kearney