How do I paraphrase?


The Strayer Writing Standards guide outlines how and when to use direct quotes and how to paraphrase. There is also a great page with examples in our mini-lesson, Use Your Own Words: Preventing Plagiarism (20 min).

A paraphrase is rewording source information in your own words:

  • Rephrase source information in your own words.
  • Avoid repeating the same words of the author.
  • Remember, you cannot just replace words from the original sentence by using synonyms.
  • Add the author’s last name and a number to the end of your paraphrase as a in-text citation (which will be the same on your Source List).


  • Last Updated Oct 18, 2022
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