There are several reasons to rewrite a paper. The first is that you simply realize the paper you have finished is not up to par, and you should rewrite it. In another case, you may have an older paper that you would like to rewrite and update so that it is usable for another class.

Steps For Rewriting a Paper
  • 1

    Read The Original Paper. Thoroughly read the original document that you are rewriting. Identify the thesis statement, main ideas, important arguments, and other information. Take good notes. Jot down sources used as well.

  • 2

    Create a New Outline. Use that information to create a new outline. Do your own research and add additional points and deeper insights. Consider modifying the structure and sequence of the paper.

  • 3

    Identify What You Want to Add Change or Improve. Review the outline and determine whether or not you  have additional things that you want to add or change.

  • 4

    Write a Rough Draft. Use your outline to compose your rough draft. Make sure it  has an intro, body, and a conclusion.

  • 5

    Compare The Draft to The Original. This is very important. You need to be very sure that you haven’t copied anything word for word from the original to your rewritten document. You don’t want to risk an accusation of plagiarism. Obviously this doesn’t apply if you are rewriting something that has never been turned in.

  • 6

    Edit And Proofread. Double check for errors, and fix any factual mistakes that you find.

  • 7

    Make Sure You’ve Written at The Right Academic Level. Use a tool like to check the grade level of your writing. This will let you know if you have written your paper to match your academic level.

Things to Consider
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    Knowing your purpose in rewriting will make the process easier

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    Remember the idea is to take the basic concept and improve upon it

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    It’s a good idea to keep the original and new paper in separate documents

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    When  you review the new document, you should be able to identify where you have improved the original

Do and Don`t
  • Strengthen the thesis
  • Approach rewriting with care and caution
  • Use Copyleaks or another tool to compare the new with the original
  • Add some new sources for better insights
  • Correct any outdated material
  • Use complex sentences and big words to make your writing seem more advanced
  • Make sure Copy visuals from one paper to anotheryou can access all the materials on the topic. Decide on the topic, find sources, and then after you can start writing. If there are little or no sources, choose another topic.
  • Forget to ask someone to peer review your paper
  • Rewrite something for the same class
  • Keep sloppy and disorganized notes
Mistakes to Avoid
  • Plagiarizing - Avoid using more than three words in a row that match the original document
  • Starting too late - Rewriting can be as complex as creating an original paper. Start early
  • Failing to properly cite sources - Ensure that all citations match the current format not the original
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