Paraphrasing means to rewrite someone else’s idea in your own words without changing the original meaning while changing the structure of the original. A paraphrase is about the same length as the original.
- avoid having too many quotes in your essay
- present, compare or contrast the contributions of others in your own writing style
- show that you understood the information you are using as you are not simply copying it, but rewording and restructuring it
Source: (Stern, 2007).