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Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

Inappropriate Paraphrasing

Inappropriate paraphrasing is the most common type of plagiarism

This is when an author only makes small changes to the source text, such as using synonyms to replace one or two words, rearranging the order of the original text, using passive instead of active voice, or changing the verb tense. THESE ARE NOT PARAPHRASING.         


The meaning of the source material should be expressed in an author's own words and sentence structure when paraphrasing.

More information can be found in the LC guide for "Paraphrasing."