As a scholar, knowing how to paraphrase is a critical skill when accurately reflecting a colleague’s ideas. Effective paraphrasing is used to articulate a source’s essential ideas but without directly copying the author’s words or phrases. This week’s Learning Resources will help you develop effective paraphrasing skills and avoid unintentional plagiarism.
For this Discussion, you will reflect on your own writing in relation to paraphrasing and academic integrity. Based on what you have learned from the week’s Learning Resources, you will share your thoughts and experiences on paraphrasing and academic integrity with your colleagues.
To prepare for this Discussion
- Read and Listen to the Learning Resources on paraphrasing and academic integrity.
- Reflect on your paraphrasing process in relation to academic integrity. You may even choose to consider your approach to this specific assignment in relation to summary and academic integrity.
By Day 3
Post a 1- to 2-paragraph reflection on your paraphrasing strategy, including one strength as well as one opportunity for improvement. (Note: You may choose to reflect specifically on how you will apply the effective summary concepts in this week’s Assignment.) Be sure to address any strategies you may have to ensure academic integrity in your writing.
Walden University Writing Center. (2015i). Walden templates: General templates: APA course paper template (6th ed.). Retrieved from
Note: Please submit all assignments using the abovementioned APA Course Paper Template.
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Effective Paraphrasing Strategies, Baltimore, MD: Author.
Walden University Writing Center. (2015). Paraphrasing sources video playlist [Video files]. Retrieved from
Note: View the entire playlist of videos on this web page. The approximate combined length is 5 minutes.
Walden University Writing Center. (2015). Paraphrasing sources: Paraphrasing strategies [Video file]. Retrieved from
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 5 minutes.
Walden University Writing Center. (2015). Paraphrasing sources: Paraphrasing examples [Video file]. Retrieved from
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 3 minutes.