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Paraphrase Vs Plagiarism Infographic

Paraphrase Vs Plagiarism Infographic

Plagiarism is common fear of each student. You risk being plagiarized and you risk creating non-unique text. To get things even worse, not only mindless copy-paste constitutes a danger. Your piece is considered as plagiarism when you try to combine the author’s original word combinations with yours. This is the so-called patchwork paraphrase.

Whatever you are writing, you do a research. In an essay or a blog post, you suggest an innovative idea of your own. In the meantime, you have to support your concept with scientific evidence. Ideally, you should look away from the source text when writing. It’s not as bad as it seems!

Read the paragraph for a few times and try to memorize it. Make accurate notes with key terms and numbers. When rewriting the passage, use your notes. This method trains your memory and develops more vivid vocabulary. But what if you a working on a complicated long scientific text?

You need to rewrite another author’s idea in your own words. But how different your words must be from the original? Are you sure you know how to create legitimate paraphrase?

The trick is to change the structure of each sentence and reshape the whole passage. Stitch the short sentences together and break the long ones. Change the parts of speech. Change the vocabulary. And add some new relevant material!

When you have to cite the original author’s words, use the quotation marks. Give reference to the source text. Pay attention that too much quoting can make your piece incoherent. Don’t confuse the reader!

In the Paraphrase Vs Plagiarism Infographic, we suggest more detailed and illustrative instructions on paraphrase. Use it the next time you’ll rewrite the source text. Look into the examples of erroneous paraphrase to make sure you avoid a common misstep! The more you practice, the better paraphrasing skills you develop. Good luck!


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  • Maryrita Dunlavey

    There’s a typo under #2. The first sentence has a comma in the middle of the word academic, after the ‘d.’ Thanks for the infographic!

  • Maryrita Dunlavey

    A few more typos in the last section.