Examples of Commercial Companies Offering Essays and MoreFor 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 PapersThere are numerous free papers on the web, through course pages and projects and "essay" collections.
Full Text Databases and Electronic Versions of Journals to which Campus Libraries SubscribeMaterial 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
- Databases, by subject
- Individual e-journals, by title, using the journals tab from the Libraries' website.
- Web of Knowledge/Web of Science (1982- ), which tracks citings and cited references. Search for authors footnoted in the suspect paper or by subject. This database includes Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index.