When you paraphrase information from a source, you
take the information and put it into your own words. Textbooks often encourage students to paraphrase when they are
borrowing a great deal of information because frequent direct
quotations can interrupt the flow of your paper. The Longman
Concise Companion, for example, says, "To make your writing smoother
and more sophisticated, be selective in using quotations.
Usually you can summarize, even combining several sources, or
paraphrase rather than quoting sources directly" (194).
carefully document paraphrased