Q. Can I use synonyms when summarizing or paraphrasing?
The Strayer Writing Standards guide outlines how and when to use direct quotes and how to paraphrase.
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 citation (which will be the same on your Source List).
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