Answered By: Joanne O'Farrell
Last Updated: 31 Aug, 2018     Views: 2

Thanks for contacting us. Summarising or paraphrasing for assignments is a unique skill and one that requires practice. However, we can help you on this with some suggestions.

Firstly, I would suggest you visit an Adult Study Centre which operates in most campus Libraries. A teacher is available at the Adult Study Centre to sit with students one-on-one and assist with assignments. Ask your local library staff for timetable information.

Studiosity is an online tutoring service provided by TAFE where you can upload assignments and have them reviewed. This is available through iTAFE or the library website. You need an iTAFE account to access. If you already have an iTAFE login, login and then go to Student Support at the top of the page and select Studiosity. If you don't have an iTAFE login, you will need to register. Use the Self Register Instructions, or ask the library staff for help.

You may also find useful information on the following websites:

https://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/paraphrasing-summarising/example-of-summarising

https://www.une.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/13458/WE_Paraphrasing-and-summarising.pdf

If you need help with referencing, you can use the Book a Librarian service where one of the librarians can take the time to answer specific questions on referencing. 
http://huntertafe.libguides.com/ReferencingSystems/ExtraRefHelp

We also have handouts on our website on Referencing APA style:  http://huntertafe.libguides.com/ReferencingSystems/APA

In relation to direct quoting that is correct that you can't direct quote more than 10% of the assignment. So for a 3000 word essay/assignment you would have no more than 300 words as a direct quote. One of the main reasons is it detracts from the integrity of the assignment.This website on APA style might also be useful. it contains many blogs and interesting questions. Here is a blog on How to cite direct quotes http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2010/03/how-to-cite-direct-quotations.html.

I hope this helps and please contact us if you have further questions.

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