Put in quotations information that is used word for word from the source and provide the name of the author, year of publication, page number, and the reference according to the citation style chosen. For citations of 40 words or more, use block indention. The Green Library at Florida International University has manuals and reference books available about citation styles.
Paraphrasing is the use of your own words to express the author's ideas without changing the meaning. Paraphrasing does not mean just rearranging or changing a few words from the original.
How to paraphrase:
- Express the author's ideas with your own words.
- Keep in mind the author's meaning.
- Do not use the original sentence structure.
- ALWAYS give credit to the author. Consult manuals for forms of citations and references in different styles.
Plagiarism occurs when students change words, rearrange sentences, or use synonyms when paraphrasing the original text. Paraphrasing entails expressing others' ideas in your own words so a citation must be provided. The ideas are still the author's and credit must be given. Plagiarism occurs not only when borrowing words but also ideas.