Last update 9/26/2018
Visual: Walden logo at bottom of screen along with notepad and pencil background.
Audio: Guitar music.
Visual: “Walden University Writing Center. Your writing, grammar, and APA experts” appears in center of screen. Background changes to a book on a table and the title “Paraphrasing Sources: Paraphrasing Process Demonstration.”
Slide changes to the title “Paraphrasing: Strategies for practice” and the following:
Audio: The process of paraphrasing can be difficult for many writers new to academic writing or learning in a new field. When writers find it difficult to paraphrase, one strategy is to use the following process:
However, you might be wondering: How do I use this process in practice?
To help you use this process, let’s watch one writer as they use this strategy and paraphrase a source.
Visual: The visual changes to show a sample journal article PDF with the sentence the narrator reads aloud highlighted.
Audio: The writer is paraphrasing this highlighted sentence: “Critical and operationally relevant information is now commonly exchanged via social media and other digital platforms that are well-suited to delivering data directly to citizens and emergency management organisations and to encouraging exchanges between them.”
Visual: The following is displayed on the screen as the narrator continues talking: “Step 1. Read the passage.”
Audio: The writer reads this quote multiple times to ensure she fully understands the main idea.
Visual: The following is displayed on the screen as the narrator continues talking: “Step 2. Establish your purpose.”
Audio: The writer wants to include this information in her paragraph about how modern communication is more democratized.
Visual: The visual changes to show a blank Word document. The writer types the sentences that the narrator says aloud. The following is displayed on the screen: “Step 3. Write the main point.”
Audio: She considers the main point of the quote, summarizing it as such: “Social media helps communication for disasters; we can also use social media to talk to these organizations.”
Visual: The following is displayed on the screen: “Step 4. Explain to a coworker.”
Audio: The writer thinks about how she’d express this main point to a co-worker. She writes the following: “Social media and other online platforms are well-suited to facilitate direct communication between citizens and emergency management organizations.”
Visual: The following is displayed on the screen: “Step 5. Compare, revise, and cite.”
Audio: The writer compares her paraphrase with the quote. She realizes she used too much of the same phrasing, so the voice isn’t really her own. She tries again, this time writing the following: “Emergency management organizations and citizens can easily communicate with one another through social media and other online platforms.”
This second paraphrase is in her own voice, clearly representing the original source’s main idea but in her own way. The writer finishes her paraphrase by adding a citation. (Mehta, Bruns, & Newton, 2017)
Visual: The screen changes to end with the words “Walden University Writing Center” and “Questions? E-mail email@example.com.”
Audio: Now that you’ve seen this paraphrasing process in practice, try it yourself to help you paraphrase in your own writing! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let us know.