Example of Correct
|Hoemann says that there is very little absolutely new
knowledge. Most of our discoveries take advantage of work done
by those who have gone before us. The process of learning is, in fact, a
long tradition passed on from generation to generation. Acknowledging
the source of ideas gives recognition to the contributions of others in
this tradition and is, as Hoemann says, an
“act of humility.”
Hoemann, George. Electronic StyleWhy Cite?
14 September 1998. University of Tennessee. 3 Oct. 2000 <http://web.utk.edu/~hoemann/why.html> (site discontinued).
This paraphrase is acceptable because it:
accurately conveys the information,
re-expresses it in substantially different words and
identifies where words are exactly copied from the
cites the original source of the information.
Also notice in this example that the original author is
mentioned in the text. It is often considered good form to identify your
source in the paraphrase itself, usually in the lead sentence
introducing the ideas. The source of the small direct quote is also made
clear by preceding it with the author’s