Carnegie Mellon University

Paraphrasing: Engaging with Source Texts in Your Writing

You can strengthen your own arguments by incorporating other authors’ ideas; however, mimicking an author’s language too closely might be considered plagiarism. Preventing plagiarism starts with knowing how to effectively paraphrase: that is, taking what another author says and knowing how to connect their point of view to your argument.

These resources explain:

  • How to summarize what other authors think;
  • How to analyze what those authors mean;
  • How to respond to the positions they take.

Here are the resources for the first two videos:

Video 1 Handouts     Video 2 Handouts

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