If you want to share information from another source, but a direct quotation doesn't quite work, you need to paraphrase. Paraphrasing isn't just rearranging words or changing a few things within a sentence. It entails reading the source, understanding its full meaning, then rewriting the passage in your own words. It's a skill that takes practice, so luckily this page has resources for you to practise and learn more about paraphrasing. Remember to cite the paraphrase, too!

How to Paraphrase

Paraphrasing - OWL Purdue - A simple overview of proper paraphrasing.

When do I Paraphrase? - Writing Commons - A thorough explanation of when you should directly quote, and when you should paraphrase.

Paraphrasing Without Plagiarizing PDF - Douglas College - A straightforward guide to paraphrasing with techniques and examples.


Paraphrasing Exercises

Paraphrasing Exercises - OWL Purdue - Paragraphs for you to practise paraphrasing.

Test Your Understanding - Douglas College - Examples of good or bad paraphrasing for you to evaluate.