Paraphrasing is when you take an author’s ideas and put them into your own words. It is an accepted scholarly practice. It is important for you to train yourself to redraft other people’s ideas into your own words – to paraphrase. It is one of the ways in which you can see for yourself whether you have really understood what the author is saying.
When you paraphrase from a source (that is, when you put someone else’s ideas into your own words), you must signal this to the reader by providing a reference. Put the author’s surname and the year of publication in the brackets.
An example of a paraphrase: XXXXXADD QUOTE
The following paragraph is a paraphrase of the previously given direct quote.
Over recent years many products have been marketed as ‘interactive’. Beveridge (2007) questions the definition of interactivity used by marketers, and asks whether the interactivity we are sold is real or illusory.
• The writer of this paragraph, while using Beveridge’s work, has substantially rephrased the original quote.
• The author’s surname and the year of publication have been given.
Some tips for learning how to paraphrase:
Obviously, when we paraphrase, we cannot change the technical words, numbers, and so on, used in the original source.
To conclude, when paraphrasing you must:
From the ECU Academic Tip Sheet: Referencing
Edith Cowan University acknowledges and respects the Nyoongar people, who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which its campuses stand and its programs operate.
In particular ECU pays its respects to the Elders, past and present, of the Nyoongar people, and embrace their culture, wisdom and knowledge.