Charleston Southern University Plagiarism Tutorial

Quoting And Paraphrasing


When you quote someone or something you must put quotation marks around the exact phrase that is being quoted.

Proper paraphrasing is not merely rearranging the words in a sentence or simply substituting words with a thesaurus. If it demands little intellecutal effort on your part, it is likely to be plagiarism and will be treated as such.

Paraphrasing is synthesizing a passage of text and describing it (the idea) in your own words. Paraphrasing helps keep you from plagiarizing and will help you learn your material better because you must think critically about the ideas being presented. When you paraphrase, you still need to cite your source because the idea you are expressing is not your own. Not citing a paraphrased passage is a common mistake for students and is considered plagiarism.

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