This video was created by California State University Dominguez Hills and provides a quick and helpful overview of the APA Citation Style.
Paraphrasing: To restate an idea in your own words.
APA Style prefers that authors paraphrase ideas from sources rather than directly quoting from them. Paraphrasing allows you to connect the ideas in a source to the ideas in your paper more clearly and succinctly. It cuts down on wordiness and demonstrates your understanding of the source itself.
Although we regularly paraphrase our experiences in conversation, paraphrasing content from scholarly articles into your research paper can be a challenging exercise! This is because you are learning new content and a new academic communication style as your read.
Below are some tips from to help you successfully paraphrase the ideas of others: