Essay writing tutorial: how to write a summary or paraphrase
It is very possible to borrow content from a website without actually plagiarizing it. Paraphrasing and summarizing are the two basic ways of making sure content you got from the internet is not plagiarized. Integrating sources into your essays will be a breeze without having to worry about plagiarism.
What is paraphrasing and summarizing?
- This is the process by which a writer writes down an essay in a different rendition by using the ideas and essential information belonging to a different person. This is the information that you should paraphrase(writing it in a different and newer form).Summarizing means you have all the content you picked in short point meant to just remind you.(Any instance where an idea card appears, it can be exchanged for a summary)
- One of the most legitimate ways of getting someone else’s content and documenting it right from the source
- It is a detailed restatement and when compared to a summary. The difference between paraphrasing is that with paraphrasing, you write the content in your own words while with a summary; you only focus concisely on the single or rather major topic/idea.
Why paraphrasing and summarizing are both essential to an essay
- Paraphrasing and summarizing content is way better that just quoting information from undistinguished passages.
- These help you gain control over the urge to quote too much.
- The whole mental process that is needed for successful paraphrasing will help you in grasping fully the meaning from the original essay.
6 Steps to Effective Paraphrasing
- Rereading the original essay and understanding its full and hidden meaning.
- Setting of the original essay aside and writing your intended paraphrase essay on an idea card.
- Jotting down few words just below your paraphrase essay so as to remind you later on how you envision and overall ideal of original material and whether or not you can use it. On top of each idea card, write keywords or phrases that will help indicate the main subject of intended paraphrase.
- Check the rendition you come up with against the original so as to make sure that your rendition expresses important information in a newer form.
- Include quotation marks so as to help identify the unique terms or phraseology which you “carried” exactly from another source.
- Record all the sources you used (including the pages) on your on your idea card so that it’s possible to easily credit it where necessary in case you deem it fit to include it in your essay.