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Academic Integrity Tutorial (MLA)

What does a legitimate paraphrase look like?

Works Cited

Egen, Olivia, et al. “Health and Social Conditions of the Poorest Versus Wealthiest Counties in the United States.” American Journal of Public Health, vol. 107, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 130–135. EBSCOhost, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2016.303515.

Original passage: 
At the most basic level, this study suggests that public health policy makers, public health professionals, funders, and others with an interest in improving the overall health status of the United States should increasingly focus on the needs of its poorest counties. 

 

A valid paraphrase and in text citation: 
A study of how to improve health and social conditions in the United States recommends starting with the most economically disadvantaged counties (Egen et al. 133).

 

A bad paraphrase of the original: Why? Just changes out a few words here and there.
At a basic level, U.S. public health policy makers, public health professionals, funders, and others with an interest in improving overall health should increasingly focus on the needs of the poorest counties.

 

still bad paraphrase of the original: Why? Only added the citation.
‚ÄčAt a basic level, U.S. public health policy makers, public health professionals, funders, and others with an interest in improving the overall health status of the United States should increasingly focus on the needs of its poorest counties (Egen et al. 133).

 

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