Why Do I Need to Know How to Paraphrase?
In order to better understand what an author is saying, the best approach is to put what the author writes into more easily understood words. By taking the main points in
short passages that confuse you and re-writing these ideas in different words ,
you can take apart what an author says and put it back together again so it
makes sense to you.
Another reason to use paraphrasing is to avoid copying, plagiarism. If you copy what an author says and represent it as you own words, this is a form of stealing. However, if you put what an author says in your own words and then credit the author, you show that you can find sources to support your ideas with another's ideas.
Paraphrasing can show your reader that you understand an author's ideas and that you are clever and resourceful.
HELP FOR YOU!
Your IRS textbook has a section about paraphrasing in it. Go to page 119.
*Watch the following PowerPoint presentation we view in class and learn how to paraphrase short passages:
*Watch the following video, made by librarians! If this link does not work with your computer, then copy and past this address into your browser:
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