Paraphrasing involves putting a passage from source material into your own words. A paraphrase must also be attributed to the original source. Paraphrased material is usually shorter than the original passage, taking a somewhat broader segment of the source and condensing it slightly.
Driscoll, Dana Lynn, and Allen Brizee. "Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing." Purdue OWL. Purdue University, 15 Feb. 2013. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.
Paraphrasing consists of at least two steps:
Step 1: Read the entire text carefully. Note the key arguments and core concepts.
Step 2: Rewrite the content you want to cover in your own words.
Once content has been successfully paraphrased and is inserted into in a paper, a citation must be included to indicate where those concepts originated.