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How to Paraphrase

Updated August 10, 2017

Step 1

Read your source material carefully. Go back over it once you're done to make sure that you've understood it completely.

Step 2

Write down, in your own words, an explanation of what you've just read.

Step 3

Compare what you've written to the source. Ask yourself if your paraphrased content conveys all the information in the original body of work.

Step 4

Correct your wording, both to ensure that it reflects the meaning of the original and also to make sure it is not too similar to the original work.

Step 5

Note the page number and bibliographic detail of the source if you're writing an academic paper. Even paraphrases have to be correctly attributed.

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About the Author

Dr James Holloway has been writing about games, geek culture and whisky since 1995. A former editor of "Archaeological Review from Cambridge," he has also written for Fortean Times, Fantasy Flight Games and The Unspeakable Oath. A graduate of Cambridge University, Holloway runs the blog Gonzo History Gaming.