How to Work with Information from Sources
Understanding Paraphrases and Their Use
A paraphrase is a restatement, in your own words, of a passage from a source. You can use a paraphrase to integrate your source information into your work without seeming like you are simply relying on the words of your sources to illustrate or support your points.
Because paraphrases contain ideas that are not your own, they need to be cited properly. If you are using MLA style, be sure to reference the page number where you found the information in your source material. If you are using APA style, make sure to include the author's name and the year of the publication in parentheses at the end of the sentence (if you have not already included it within the body of the sentence). If your paraphrase is from a larger work, you may decide to include a page or chapter number within the parentheses to help your readers locate the exact source. For more detailed information about how to properly cite your sources within the text of your document, see your textbook.