How to paraphrase an article without plagiarizing? Easy steps to follow

Paraphrasing means to describe someone’s thoughts in your own words without changing the actual meaning of the original content. 

A person rewrites the entire paragraph in this process by replacing words and phrases.

Every writer, no matter from which field he belongs, uses the internet to get information about a specific topic. For every topic, you will get a vast amount of data with a simple search.

It might be difficult for a person to quote every source from which he has picked the idea or concept. 

In such a condition, Paraphrasing helps a lot and enables the writer to rewrite something instead of quoting.

The process of paraphrasing is not as simple as it seems to be. It needs complete focus and understanding of the topic throughout the process.

If you are just replacing few words, then you might get plagiarism in your work. As a writer or student, you have surely heard this term before.

Plagiarism means duplication that a person does while paraphrasing someone’s content from the internet. It will surely leave a bad impact on your professional or education image.

You should avoid plagiarism at any cost and write unique content.

It is difficult for a person to write unique content while he is paraphrasing from multiple sources. 

His words may interact again and again as he can’t remember a vast collection of synonyms.

In this way, he might repeat his words in different sections of the content. If you are doing this, your reader may get bored and leave your space in a little bit.

It will not be good for your success and you won’t be able to get prominent progress in your field. 

To avoid such conditions, you can get a tool to paraphrase any blog, article, or essay available over the internet.

You should pick a reliable paraphrase tool like paraphraser.io or paraphrase-tool.net to experience better outcomes from your efforts. These tools will allow you to paraphrase other’s content with few clicks of your keyboard.

You only have to paste the content that you want to make unique. Also, you should pick the mode in which you want the tool to start working.

Paraphraser

Once you have done this, you can hit the “Paraphrase Now” button. The tool will start processing and show the final content after replacing the phrases.

Such tools are designed in such a manner that they will understand the meaning of the context first. Then, they will use synonyms for all the possible words, phrases, and lines.

In the end, you will get a final copy of the content that will not be plagiarized. Therefore, you can utilize that content at any place you want without any problem.

You can also paraphrase the content manually by using your intellectual capacity. For this kind of paraphrasing, you need to follow some steps that we are going to show in the upcoming section.

Tips to avoid plagiarism

We have researched a lot about paraphrasing and extracted a list of tips that you can follow. Here we are going to show all those tips one by one that you keep in your mind while rephrasing.

  • Understand the context properly

As we have discussed that you should not change the meaning of the original content while paraphrasing.

It is only possible to retain the actual meaning when you have understood the actual meaning of the writing. So, you should read the content thoroughly and explore every term that you find new.

You should search for that term to get the right idea of any blog, article, or study. Without proper understanding, you can’t paraphrase the content properly.

  • Note all the key points

While reading the work of various authors, you need to write all the key points. It is because you can’t remember every single point of all the authors.

So, it would be better to get all of them on a separate page or document.

  • Make a layout

The previous key points will let you make a new layout to get a unique document. We recommend not to concern with only one author to paraphrase but utilize as many authors as you can.

It will give you in-depth knowledge of the topic and enable you to understand it precisely. 

Also, you can’t make a new, unique, and attractive outline unless you have evaluated various author’s work.

  • Use synonyms

You can rephrase the content to make it unique by using synonyms of the original words. We suggest you change every possible word with its synonym.

No doubt, you can’t change the words like World, Water, and other generic words. But you can change the other words as all of them have a vast list of synonyms.

In this way, you can minimize the chances of plagiarism and make the work unique.

  • Change the Voice

An article can be made unique by changing the voice of sentences. In this step, you can change active voice sentences into passive voice and vice versa.

Keep in mind that you should do this carefully as excessive conversion may be harmful to your work. 

If you are writing a blog post or an article, you should keep limited passive voice sentences in your work.

Excess of the passive voice will not be good for optimization and will lead you to failure.

  • Compare the paraphrased and original content

Once you have followed all the above-mentioned steps, you can compare both the contents. 

It would be better to keep both original and new content side by side to check the conversions properly.

In this way, you will get an exact idea of what you have changed in the original content. 

Also, it will show you whether you were capable to preserve the actual meaning of the original content or not.

In short, this step will enable you to evaluate your work. Therefore, we consider it the most important step in the entire process. 

It may be difficult for you to compare both contents in manual paraphrasing. 

So, we recommend you to use the above-discussed tool because it will show you both new and original content side by side.

Final Say

It is not surprising if you will get plagiarism in your work as there is a deep-sea of information on the internet. But you should paraphrase the copied lines by using the above techniques.

It will be better for you to do this because you will get a license to use the paraphrased content wherever you need.

Author: 21st Century Library & Information Technology Network [Information & Knowledge Dissemination Platform By Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional at Hawassa University, Ethiopia]

Mulugeta Woldetsadik, Librarian/Information Professional @ Hawassa University, , Sidama Region, Ethiopia

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