Plagiarism & Student Cheating

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Examples of Commercial Companies Offering Essays and More

For classic term paper mills, see Internet Paper Mills List compiled by Peggy Bates and Margaret Fain, librarians at Coastal Carolina University.


  • Cramster, Course Hero, SparkNotes, Koofers are examples of sites that offer "homework help," "study guides," questions and answers from exams, solutions to textbook problems, essays, etc.
  • GradeSaver edits college applications, papers, theses, etc; editors are referred to as "Harvard-educated."

Wonder who the writers are of fee-based term papers and how they operate? Read "Tips from a Professional Cheat," by Abby Ellin, The New York Times, Nov. 4, 2012, based on the memoir The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat, by Dave Tomar (Bloomsbury USA, 2012).

Free Papers

There are numerous free papers on the web, through course pages and projects and "essay" collections.
    (Requires that one join and submit a paper in order to view the free papers.)
  • School Sucks
    Requires that one join and submit a paper in order to view the free papers. Other links headed "Enter Your Paper Topic Here" or "What Topic is Your Term Paper On?" lead to fee-based papers.

Full Text Databases and Electronic Versions of Journals to which Campus Libraries Subscribe

Material plagiarized from published sources may not turn up through web search engine searches or plagiarism detection software. At UW-Madison, use these links to find

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