Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing means expressing the thought, meaning and attitude of another author in your own words, in a clear and straightforward way. It is therefore similar to quoting, but it is done indirectly, without using the original writer's actual words or speech marks. With paraphrasing, you avoid continuous strings of direct quotations and are able to maintain your own style and tone of writing. However, as with direct quoting, it is essential that you do proper referencing for all your paraphrases.

With a paraphrase, your aim is to relate what the author has said to your own piece of work, and this often requires you to provide an interpretation, or gloss, on their ideas in some way, to make them fit into your argument. A paraphrase is not just a simple re-wording of the original.

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