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What is paraphrasing?

  • Repeating information in your own words.
  • Paraphrasing is more detailed than a summary, but more concise than a quotation.

When do we paraphrase?

  • We use this in all types of writing, including research and narrative writing.
  • Haven't you ever re-told someone else's story? You probably didn't quote them word-for word!

Why do we need to paraphrase?

  • Simplifies complex information
  • Ensures you actually understand the information
  • Prevents you from quoting too often/too much

How to paraphrase:

  1. Read over carefully what you want to paraphrase.
  2. Flip the paper over or cover up the text.
  3. Write the ideas in your own words.
  4. Check your version against the original. If there are phrases you can't re-word, put them in quotation marks.
  5. Include a citation.

Let's Practice!

"We [at Spotify] found that 71% of pet owners surveyed play music for their pets. [...] More often than not, humans also think about their pets’ emotional well-being, with 70% of animal parents considering the emotional wellness of their pets daily. Plus, 8 in 10 people believe their pets like music, and around 46% of people feel that music is a stress reliever for their furry friends.  That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird" (Spotify Newsroom).