Paraphrases cite ideas or information even if you have not quoted directly
because altering the wording does not make the idea your own (i.e., if information
comes from a notecard, it needs a citation).
"Universally acknowledged is that girls' schools promote leadership, because all positions of power are held by girls. Female teachers provide strong, intelligent role models and prove it's okay for women to be smart" (Sajbel 92).
The following paraphrase is unacceptable because there are only minor changes in the forms of some words, and the sentence structure and word choice are nearly identical to the original passage:
Without a doubt, single-sex schools encourage leadership as all positions of power are held by girls. Women faculty offer positive role models and show it is all right for girls to be intelligent (Sajbel 92).
The following paraphrase is acceptable because the author has used her own words to express the ideas of the original passage.
In all girls' schools, girls learn to be leaders because they fill all the leadership roles and because all of the staff positions, including the administration ones, are filled by females. The smartest students are girls and there is no pressure to let males hold superior positions (Sajbel 92).