Teachers often tell you to paraphrase, which means to write the ideas that you read in books, magazines, and on the internet in your own words.
The teacher does not want you to copy another person’s work or plagiarize.
Writing someone else’s ideas in your own words can be difficult, so here are some suggestions for successful paraphrasing.
Let’s look at a sample assignment:
Write a biography of the artist, Pablo Picasso.
You find some information about Picasso’s life on the Guggenheim Museum website.
Read your research material and take notes of main points while you read.
Be sure to write down the websites, books, or magazines where you found the ideas.
Re-read your notes to make sure you understand the author's idea.
Use your notes to write a complete sentence in your own words. This is called paraphrase.
Now, write your essay. The paraphrased sentence you created shows proof of your research.
Don’t forget to include a citation to show exactly where you found the facts about Picasso.
If you don't know how to write a citation, please watch the presentation on citations.