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Summarizing and Paraphrasing

Summarizing and paraphrasing are restating information in your own words. Summarizing is condensing the a source, presenting the main ideas. Paraphrasing restates the original ideas in full, but with different wording.

Use your own words and phrasing. If you just replace a few words with synonyms, this still counts as plagiarism.

Imagine the following example:

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Cite your Sources

Remember, even when you are just summarizing or paraphrasing information you still need to make sure you provide proper citations.

Confused? You can learn more about citation in the PSU Writing Center's Writing Resources Guided Tour.

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