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Write in your own words what you have read.

A Good Paraphrase

A good paraphrase should do three things.

  1. Have the same meaning and ideas as the original source. New ideas are not added to the original meaning.
  2. Use different words and sentence structure. No more than four words in a row are directly from the original source.
  3. Refer directly to the original source: e.g., The World Health Organization (WHO; 2012) found...


Watch this 7-minute video introduction to paraphrasing.

QUT Library. (2015, September 4). How to paraphrase [Video]. YouTube.

Watch this 9-minute video that provides an extended lesson about effective paraphrasing.

University of Maryland, Baltimore Writing Center. (2017, August 9). The art of paraphrasing: Avoiding plagiarism [Video]. YouTube.