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Express the meaning of (something written or spoken) using different words, especially to achieve greater clarity. 

Paraphrase. (2019). In The Oxford Living Dictionaries.   

Quote or Paraphrase?

If you use someone else's exact words you are quoting them. A quote should be surrounded by quotation marks to avoid plagiarism. For example, "I love being a librarian!" (Park, 2019, p. 1). 

Quotations are most effectively used to demonstrate speaking style, emphasize a point, or explain an official policy. Your essays should contain less than 15% direct quotations.

Quick Tutorial

Original Source
The new women’s social history focuses on the lives led by the majority of women in all strata of society, using material from a wide range of sources, from diaries to demographics” (Brod, 1999, p. 266).

Inadequate Paraphrase
Today’s new social history of women focuses on how women lived in all segments of society, using a wide range of research materials (Brod, 1999, p. 266).

Adequate Paraphrase
In women’s studies classes, the concern is not with a few famous historical or literary women but with the daily lives of all types of women, something previously given very little attention (Brod, 1999, p. 266).