What is Paraphrasing
Paraphrasing is when you take an author’s ideas and put them into your own words to restate the information in a new way. It is an accepted scholarly practice and it is important for you to train yourself to redraft other people’s ideas into your own words. Paraphrasing is a way to see whether you have really understood what the author is saying. Examples include writing a sentence into your own words, or a summary of authored information.
For a paraphrased citation in an assignment you need to cite the author and the year of publication in brackets. For long and complex texts, include the page number / location information to assist the reader to locate the relevant passage in the original text.
Just as Sherlock Holmes investigates a case, psychologists must evaluate all the available data before making a deduction, lest they jump to an erroneous conclusion on the basis of insufficient evidence (Bram & Peebles, 2014, pp. 32–33).
Bram and Peebles (2014) advocated for psychologists to evaluate all the available data before making a deduction, just as Sherlock Holmes investigates a case, lest they jump to an erroneous conclusion on the basis of insufficient evidence (pp. 32–33).
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
Lee, C. (March 3, 2015). APA Style Blog: When and how to include page numbers in APA Style Citations. Retrieved from http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/paraphrasing/
During your studies you will be required to read extensively so that you can develop knowledge that you obtain from attending lecture, tutorials and labs. You are expected to have critical reading skills so that you can understand the author's intent, evidence and ideas and be able critically evaluate what you have read.
To read academic texts effectively will require you to consider the purpose and approach to reading and learn effective reading strategies. These include: scanning, skimming, reading topic sentences, reading in detail and reading to improve writing.
Active reading techniques and skills are how you engage with the text and includes:
Effective Reading Checklist
From the ECU Academic Tip Sheet: Reading Effectively
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