What is the correct way to paraphrase? Tips

  • To paraphrase long passages, it is better to take notes and outline the passage and then write your paraphrase from your notes, without looking at the original passage.
  • Change the words, not the meaning
  • Use a good dictionary to find synonyms and to check their usage and context.
  • Do not change the tone.
  • Do not add information.
  • Do not leave anything out.
  • Check your paraphrase with the original. Be sure you have not unintentionally used the same words or phrases.
  • Try to sound like "you."
  • Include all the citation information when you are taking notes.

More information on quotations, paraphrases and summarizing is available at the University of New South Wales (PDF).