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    I need help paraphrasing these two paragraphs differently. These paragraphs can be condense, as long as the central meaning is still evident within each paragraph.

    The main strength of self-report methods are that they are allowing participants to describe their own experiences rather than inferring this from observing participants. Questionnaires and interviews are often able to study large samples of people fairly easy and quickly. They are able to examine a large number of variables and can ask people to reveal behavior and feelings which have been experienced in real situations. However participants may not respond truthfully, either because they cannot remember or because they wish to present themselves in a socially acceptable manner. Social desirability bias can be a big problem with self-report measures as participants often answer in a way to portray themselves in a good light. Questions are not always clear and we do not know if the respondent has really understood the question we would not be collecting valid data. If questionnaires are send out, say via email or through tutor groups, response rate can be very low. Questions can often be leading. That is, they may be unwittingly forcing the respondent to give a particular reply.

    In essence, Self-reported answers may be exaggerated; respondents may be too embarrassed to reveal private details; various biases may affect the results, like social desirability bias. Subjects may also forget pertinent details. Self-report studies are inherently biased by the person's feelings at the time they filled out the questionnaire. If a person feels bad at the time they fill out the questionnaire, for example, their answers will be more negative. If the person feels good at the time, then the answers will be more positive.

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    When paraphrasing paragraphs, I recommend reading each sentence out loud and then go back to it and look for synonyms of words to use in the paraphrase of the sentence. For example: (original) I ...

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    When researching a topic, there is often times information we discover is something that fits perfectly with what we wish to include in the paper. There is a tried, but true way to prevent plagiarism. This example provides a technique that always works well when using the content of original writings in a research paper.