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    I've read that you shouldn't quote, you should paraphrase. Can anyone explain what this is and how to do it? Thank you
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    Paraphrasing is where you repeat the sentiment of what the original person said, but without quoting directly.

    For example:

    I could paraphrase the quote: "Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value" (by Albert Einstein) to: "Einstein said values are more important than success."
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    ^What he said.
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    (Original post by AmorEmPaz)
    I've read that you shouldn't quote, you should paraphrase. Can anyone explain what this is and how to do it? Thank you
    explaining something in your own words
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    explaining something in your own words
    If the text says: "Most medieval literature derives in one way or another from the Church; works were either written by clerics or by authors who had received their education from the Clergy"

    Could I say: "A great deal of medieval literature in general, not just Portuguese, stems from the Church; whether it be that the works were penned by clerics or by authors that had been educated by members of the Clergy"

    or is that too close?
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    (Original post by AmorEmPaz)
    If the text says: "Most medieval literature derives in one way or another from the Church; works were either written by clerics or by authors who had received their education from the Clergy"

    Could I say: "A great deal of medieval literature in general, not just Portuguese, stems from the Church; whether it be that the works were penned by clerics or by authors that had been educated by members of the Clergy"

    or is that too close?
    It reads a little contrived tbh, especially the use of "penned"

    perhaps something like

    Author says that most medieval literature, not just Portuguese, stems from the Church. He suggests that texts were mainly written by clerics or by students of clerics.

    When paraphrasing it is usual to name the person/text that you are paraphrasing
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    (Original post by TenOfThem)
    It reads a little contrived tbh, especially the use of "penned"

    perhaps something like

    Author says that most medieval literature, not just Portuguese, stems from the Church. He suggests that texts were mainly written by clerics or by students of clerics.

    When paraphrasing it is usual to name the person/text that you are paraphrasing
    This. You have to say what you're paraphrasing, otherwise it just sounds like your own opinion, which defeats to purpose :P
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    (Original post by Qwertish)
    This. You have to say what you're paraphrasing, otherwise it just sounds like your own opinion, which defeats to purpose :P
    Ok thanks is it ok to quote and paraphrase within one essay?
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    (Original post by AmorEmPaz)
    Ok thanks is it ok to quote and paraphrase within one essay?
    Why wouldn't it be?
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    (Original post by AmorEmPaz)
    Ok thanks is it ok to quote and paraphrase within one essay?
    Yeah.

    I think quotes are supposed to be used when they succinctly make a point, otherwise stick to paraphrasing.

    Make sure to reference both.
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    (Original post by AmorEmPaz)
    If the text says: "Most medieval literature derives in one way or another from the Church; works were either written by clerics or by authors who had received their education from the Clergy"

    Could I say: "A great deal of medieval literature in general, not just Portuguese, stems from the Church; whether it be that the works were penned by clerics or by authors that had been educated by members of the Clergy"

    or is that too close?
    That's too close. Inserting a couple of words into a sentence won't fool the plagiarism detector.
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    (Original post by AmorEmPaz)
    If the text says: "Most medieval literature derives in one way or another from the Church; works were either written by clerics or by authors who had received their education from the Clergy"

    Could I say: "A great deal of medieval literature in general, not just Portuguese, stems from the Church; whether it be that the works were penned by clerics or by authors that had been educated by members of the Clergy"

    or is that too close?
    it appears other people have got there first, also that sentence is a bit long.
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    (Original post by TenOfThem)
    It reads a little contrived tbh, especially the use of "penned"

    perhaps something like

    Author says that most medieval literature, not just Portuguese, stems from the Church. He suggests that texts were mainly written by clerics or by students of clerics.

    When paraphrasing it is usual to name the person/text that you are paraphrasing
    i rarely do in the pharaphrasing bit, i just reference who it was and i get good marks generally
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    i rarely do in the pharaphrasing bit, i just reference who it was and i get good marks generally
    So how do you indicate that they are the thoughts of others
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    (Original post by TenOfThem)
    So how do you indicate that they are the thoughts of others
    i only tend to paraphrase someone elses point of view if im countering their point in which case yes i put the name in the essay. however most of the time when im paraphrasing im pharaphrasing evidence to support my point so i use in text referencing or footnotes for example e.g. on an essay in Northern Ireland I put in my evidence for a point that Catholics were routinely treated as second class citizens and denied a political voice (McGarry and O'Leary)
 
 
 
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