Many people believe that putting a piece of text or an
idea into Ďtheir own wordsí avoids the issue of plagiarism. There is a
formal term for putting text or ideas into Ďyour
ó it is
The purpose of paraphrase is often to summarize
the authorís ideas, making them easier to understand, more approachable. You
might also use paraphrase to emphasize a particular idea or train of thought
from the original authorís text.
Paraphrasing is acceptable but it is important to acknowledge the original authorís ideas,
even if it is has been substantially re-expressed.
It is important to be cautious rewriting a piece of information in your own
words, or paraphrasing. Close paraphrase, where
trivial changes are made such as substituting similar words or changing the
sentence order, is essentially the same as copying the authorís words
directly. This is not enough to count as an original expression of the idea
and is still considered a form of exact copy plagiarism.