There are different types of plagiarism that require our attention, in order to avoid copyright infringement. There may be cases of plagiarism where people have taken someone else’s material unintentionally. In other cases, the plagiarists knew exactly what they were doing. One of the best ways to prevent plagiarism on your own and make sure that you are free of any kind of wrongdoing is to master the art of paraphrasing.
What is Paraphrasing?
Paraphrasing is to state the same thing using different words. This must be done as carefully as possible since your paraphrasing can easily turn into plagiarism.
How is Paraphrasing Done Properly?
For starters, paraphrasing should begin with the choice of words that must be changed. The passage you are about to paraphrase is supposed to state the main idea from before but instead, uses different words and phrases. While paraphrasing you must remove words that seem unnecessary and replace them with your own words. The words and sentences must be changed in a manner that best fits your own style of writing.
After going through the process of paraphrasing, it is very important to understand that the written text must be different from its source. The words, the sentences, their order and the text in general must be totally changed, even if conveying the same message. In addition, any quotation must be used properly according to the format of the citation.
Paraphrasing of someone else’s written material
In general it is better to use as little as possible of someone else’s work in order to avoid plagiarism. Fair use of some other author’s material is strictly defined and explained in order to protect their creation. If you choose to do some paraphrasing you must do it properly and according to all defined rules.