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Quoting & Paraphrasing


The Quoting & Paraphrasing module for students introduces the differences between quoting and paraphrasing and discusses when and how to use both to avoid plagiarism.

Outcomes and Objectives

The Quoting & Paraphrasing module for students meets the following

  • VCCS General Education Goals:
    • Communication
    • Information Literacy
  • Developmental English SLOs:
    • Write well-developed, coherent, and unified college-level texts, including paragraphs and essays.  
    • Identify, evaluate, integrate, and document sources properly. 

Copyright and Usage

Unless otherwise noted, the content in this module and any suggested assignments or assessments are licensed as CC BY.

More Info About the Quoting and Paraphrasing Student Module

Summarizing is also briefly discussed in some of the resources used in this module. Finding and evaluating sources is not covered.

This module was developed by Jami Yazdani, Former Associate Dean for Annandale's LTR, in March 2013 and updated in March 2017 by Elizabeth Dellavedova, Librarian at Annandale.

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Suggested Assignments and Assessments:

1. Paraphrasing Suggested Exercise

  • Using an available short passage of text (ex. textbook, Web page) or even segments of your own lectures, ask students to paraphrase the content, passage or lecture.

2. Purdue OWL: Paraphrasing Exercise

3. Reading for Thinking - Online Practice: Paraphrasing Topic Sentences

  • Online paraphrasing exercise developed by Laraine Flemming - general distribution outside the classroom and redistribution are strictly prohibited.

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Get More Help Using the Quoting & Paraphrasing Student Module:

Students needing more help with quoting and paraphrasing should contact the Annandale Reading & Writing Center.

  • Please visit the For Faculty page for information on tutoring services, referring students and requesting instructional workshops.

Students needing help finding and evaluating sources should contact NOVA Libraries.

  • Faculty can schedule an instructional session with a librarian using the Schedule Instruction link in the For Faculty section of the NOVA Libraries home page.