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As a student you are learning to not only understand the meaning of a written argument, but also then take it and write it into your own words. Paraphrasing (writing in your own words) and Citing (quoting others' words and attributing an idea to its source) are important skills to have because any time you would like to advance your own argument, citing data and reputable sources will strengthen your message, and, help you to avoid plagiarism. Here are some resources to assist with these skills:
- Principles of Paraphrasing - Harvard Graduate School of Education (how and why we cite and paraphrase sources)
- Avoiding Plagiarism - Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) overview
- How to Paraphrase - Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)