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Summarising and paraphrasing

As a student writer it is expected that you will build up your texts by referring to the ideas and research findings of other writers and experts. In Science, this is normally done through a process of summarising and paraphrasing (rewording). Quoting, that is, the use of the exact words of another writer within inverted commas ( " . . . ." ) is very rarely used in Science.

Note: You must always provide a reference when summarising, paraphrasing or quoting, because you are reporting ideas and words that are not your own.

The following site provides advice on paraphrasing Purdue University Online Paraphrase Advice Launch new window.

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