Located in Humanities 209 with evening hours in the library, the Writing Center is an incredible resource for help with plagiarism, citations, direct quotations, paraphrasing, peer review, and all your writing questions.
While the Writing Center is the premier citation and plagiarism resource on campus, the library can also help! Chat or email us for any questions about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
Check out this amazing Powerpoint by Dr. Kelle Alden, the Writing Center Director here at UTM. Dr. Alden gives examples on when to quote, when to paraphrase, the difference between the two, and how to do both effectively.
Remember that paraphrasing can really help you make your arguments in your paper, and in general you should use direct quotations sparingly.
To paraphrase well:
You should capture the essence of the argument, but it should be in your own words
Rewrite sentences and sentence structure, don't just use a thesaurus to replace some words
Read the passage you are going to paraphrase, then look away for 10 seconds and think about something else. Then, without looking back at the original, write down what the passage conveys.
No matter if you quote or paraphrase, remember to cite the sources you used.