Question: When should you use paraphrasing?

When can we use paraphrasing?

Paraphrasing can help communicate an important idea in a passage or source without interrupting the flow of the essay. Eliminate less relevant information. Since paraphrasing is written using the authors own words, he or she can be more selective in what information from a passage should be included or omitted.

When should you paraphrase instead of summarize?

Choose to paraphrase instead of summarizing when you need details and specificity. Paraphrasing lets you emphasize the ideas in resource materials that are most related to your term paper or essay instead of the exact language the author used.

How did your paraphrasing strategy help you?

The Paraphrasing Strategy is designed to help students focus on the most important information in a passage and to improve students recall of main ideas and specific facts. Students read short passages of materials, identify the main idea and details, and rephrase the content in their own words.

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