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Plagiarism Prevention Workshop: Paraphrasing Exercise

Paraphrasing Exercise

Which of these passages is the best example of a paraphrase from the direct quotation provided?


Original passage: "Library literature offers wide-spectrum coverage on planning and moving libraries. Authors offer visions of what might be, practical implementation suggestions, or explicit instructions for specific situations. Every move is different and offers its own set of challenges. Planning and moving into a new library can be a nightmare with long-range challenges, or a sweet dream of perfect coordination and timing."


Original Source: Burkhardt, J. M. (1998). Do's and dont's for moving a small academic library. College & Research Libraries News, 59(7), 499.


Selection 1:

Library literature offers much information on planning and moving libraries. Authors offer their thoughts on what might be, practical implementation suggestions, or explicit instructions for specific situations. Every move is different and offers its own set of challenges. Planning and moving into a new library can be a nightmare or a sweet dream of perfect coordination and timing. (Burkhardt, 1998) 

Selection 2
Moving into a new library takes much planning and forethought. The literature is full of articles of practical and theoretical advice regarding this topic. Each situation is different and must be handled according to the specifics of the location. Creating a new library may be very easy or very hard. (Burkhardt, 1998) 

 

 


Exercise adapted from: Burkhardt, J. M., MacDonald, M. C., & Rathemacher, A. J. (2010). Teaching information literacy : 50 standards-based exercises for college students. Chicago: ALA Editions, p. 46.

Which is the best paraphrase?

Which selection represents the best paraphrase?
Selection 1: 3 votes (75%)
Selection 2: 1 votes (25%)
Total Votes: 4

What makes an effective paraphrase?

  1. The paraphrase reflects the structure of the original piece.
  2. The paraphrase reflects the ideas of the original author, not your reflections on them.
  3. Each important fact or direct quotation is accompanied by a specific page number from the source when possible.
  4. The material is entirely in your own words—except for clearly marked quotations.

 

p. 618 from The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers, 9th ed.