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Plagiarism Prevention: Paraphrasing

Information pertinent to plagiarism prevention.

What is Paraphrasing

"Paraphrasing is a re-expression of someone else's ideas in your own words. While it is true that you do not have to enclose paraphrased information in quotes, you are still responsible for giving proper attribution to the original source of the information and for making sufficiently substantial changes that the paraphrase is a genuinely new expression of the idea, not merely a trivial rewording of the original passage. Incorrect paraphrase is perhaps the most common type of 'accidental' plagiarism."

How to Paraphrase

David Taylor, Senior Adviser, Effective Writing Center at the University of Maryland University College gave us permission to use this video.


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Plagiarizing versus Paraphrasing