How to effectively construct a paraphrase

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  • 1. 1. Read and reread the source material until you understand it completely.

2. 2.Put the source material aside and on a piece of paper or a notecard, write your paraphrase in your own words and sentence structure. 3. 3. Compare your version to the original source, making sure your paraphrase is original, accurate, complete, and objective. 4. 4.If you find you needed to use a unique term or phrase from the source, make sure you use quotes to identify that you borrowed it for the source. 5. 5.Record the source information (even the page number) with the paraphrase, so you have it ready when you are writing your paper and wish to integrate this sources ideas. 6. Original Material - The emergency room medical interventionprovided to the subject was deemedsuboptimal to best practices by legalcounsel, so the facility and the on-shiftphysician received a legal suit declaring atherapeutic misadventure. From Jane Doe,p. 321Paraphrase - Jane Doe reports that after the accident,attorneys for the patient decided that thetreatment given in the emergency roomwas substandard in comparison with thatof other hospitals, so they filed amalpractice lawsuit against the doctor onduty and the hospital (321). 7. Aaron, Jane E. The Little, Brown CompactHandbook. 7th ed. New York: Longman, 2010.Print. Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. A WritersReference 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins,2011. Print. Harris, Robert. Using Sources Effectively. 3rd ed.Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing, 2011. Print. Howard, Rebecca Moore. Writing Matters: AHandbook for Writing and Research. New York:McGraw Hill, 2011. Print. Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. TheBrief Wadsworth Handbook. 6th ed. Boston:Wadsworth, 2010. Print