Paraphrasing And Vocabulary

Paraphrasing And Vocabulary

In English a lot of times we don’t have two words that mean the exact same things sometimes we do but other times you’re just going to end up using a synonym that really doesn’t mean what you’re trying to say and in third and maybe most importantly if the sentence structure still remains the same as in the original so if all you did was change the vocabulary but you didn’t change the way the sentence is set up that’s still considered plagiarism and you actually could get in trouble for that so it’s important to be really careful with that so let’s talk about a better way to paraphrase first of all choose a relatively short section of text and read it until you understand it you may need to read it multiple times you want to make sure that this is a concept that you really understand you can grasp it and then put the book or article away I mean put a bookmark in it you know minimize the screen whatever. Work on your vocabulary with Edusson.

Don’t look at it while you’re you’re right and then think about how you would explain this concept to someone and write that down in your own words now then of course you want to go back and revise you can check for accuracy go back and check the original make sure you you know spelled people’s names right and make sure you’re really representing the author’s idea accurately and then also revise for academic language sometimes the first time you write that down it might be you know the way you would speak it if you were speaking and a lot of us speak more informally than we write so you might have to go back and you know take out the contractions and make it sound a little bit more academic but the important thing is that it sounds like your voice it’s the way that you understand that concept and it’s the way that you would explain it to somebody that’s the best way to paraphrase in fact that’s really the only good way to paraphrase.

So let’s move over to talk about quotation now quotation is actually I think paraphrasing as the hardest way to incorporate sources in your paper but it’s usually the best way quoting is the easiest way to UM to incorporate sources in your paper but in certain fields you want to actually avoid quoting a lot and we’ll talk about that in a minute but even even though it’s easier still sometimes people get tripped up with how to integrate those quotations into the text so ground rule here a quote should not just hang out by itself you shouldn’t have a quote that’s like a single sentence that doesn’t have some sort of introduction in a paper so there’s two main ways to introduce quotation is really kind of three but two of them are closely related you might have heard the term signal tag before like maybe in one of your English classes a signal tag is just a few words or phrase that introduces a quote.