A paraphrase is… Original—paraphrases should use your own fresh vocabulary, phrasing, and sentence structure, not the sentence structure, phrasing and words of your source.
A paraphrase is… Accurate—paraphrases must precisely reflect the ideas, tone, and emphasis of your source. Even though are you are using your own words and sentence structure, the paraphrase must be true to the ideas of the original source.
A paraphrase is… Objective— paraphrases should not incorporate your opinion. Your paraphrase must be true to the original and objectively reflect the ideas/thoughts of the source, not your own opinions.
A paraphrase is… Complete—paraphrases need to include all the important ideas in your source. Do not only include part or parts of the ideas/thoughts of your original source. You must be complete in constructing your paraphrase by using all of the key ideas.
Sources: • Aaron, Jane E. The Little, Brown Compact Handbook. 7th ed. New York: Longman, 2010. Print.
• Hacker, Diana and Nancy Sommers. A Writer’s Reference 7th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. Print.