Paraphrasing is restating information or an idea from a source in your own words.

When should you paraphrase?

  • Paraphrasing is more than simply replacing a few words with synonyms - this still counts as plagiarism.
  • Try to rephrase the information in a way that reflects the tone and flow of your own writing and in words that you understand.
  • You'll want to use approximately the same amount of text to restate the original idea or information.
  • You also need to convey the same sentiment or idea that the author originally intended.
  • Don't forget to cite the source, including the page number(s) - the in-text citation will go after your paraphrased text.