Q. Can I paraphrase by flipping the sentence around?

What is structural plagiarism? What is sentence plagiarism?


When paraphrasing:

  • Rephrase source information in your own words.
  • Avoid repeating the same words as the author or flipping/reversing/reordering the original content.
  • Remember, do not just replace words by using synonyms. This is known as structural plagiarism and is still plagiarism, even if you include a citation.
  • Add the author’s last name and a number to the end of your paraphrase as in an in-text citation.

See the video below and the Strayer Writing Standards guide for help with common errors.


  • Last Updated Nov 23, 2020
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  • Answered By Amber Eakin

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