Paraphrasing Without Plagiarism


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What does it mean to plagiarize?

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Here is a quotation from the Declaration of Independence: When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government.

Here is a student's attempt to paraphrase the quotation:

Talking about the American colonists, the Declaration of Independence states that after a long series of abuses and usurpations evinced a design to reduce them to absolute despotism, it was their right and their duty to throw off such Government.

Is this a proper paraphrase, or has the student accidentally plagiarized?

2. One way to improve skills in paraphrasing is to practice. Which of these demonstrates a helpful way to practice?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The chief focus of this quiz and worksheet is to help you discover what you do and don't know about paraphrasing without plagiarizing. To do this, the assessments will ask you several example questions about proper paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To state it more expressly, just be prepared to demonstrate your awareness of:

  • How to properly paraphrase
  • Ways in which you can identify plagiarism
  • Tips on how to eschew from plagiarizing

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the identification of plagiarism and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the correct way to paraphrase
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as plagiarizing and paraphrasing

Additional Learning

If you want to learn even more about paraphrasing, go ahead and take a look at our associated video lesson called Paraphrasing Without Plagiarism. Objectives covered by this lesson include:

  • Becoming familiar with strategies for paraphrasing
  • Learning ways in which you can practice paraphrasing
  • Differentiating between paraphrasing and plagiarism