For many schools in Michigan, today was the first day back to school. So many students will go to school in the morning and feel behind by the time they return home in the afternoon. They wonder, how can I be behind on the first day of school?
Don’t feel like the only choice is homework assistance and essay writing sites. Those sites are not there to help you—they encourage you to plagiarize someone else’s work, leading to suspensions and expulsions.
Why You Shouldn’t Use Essay Writing Sites
In a very particular order…
- Plagiarism. We’ll revisit that concept momentarily.
- You don’t learn what you were assigned to do (and no, the teacher didn’t assign an essay to keep you busy!)
- You don’t practice your writing/handwriting/grammar/punctuation skills (thus the essay you would write would stink and then you’ll have to pay lots of money to for practice ACT/SAT courses because you can’t write).
- You’ll be unable to get the job you actually want because you can’t write a grant to fund your cure for cancer (feel free to substitute the required writing component for any/every profession and/or job).
- It’s probably not originally and you’ll get caught by Turnitin.com. For $35, you really think their giving you an original? Would you write a 5-page, original essay, with 7 citations for $35?
- The writer probably was paid next to nothing and the website took all the money (sweatshops for essays!)
- The writer probably isn’t that good of a writer, if you’re a good writer, would you be working for an essay writing service?
- It doesn’t actually save you money because you spent money (you spent money on the essay, possibly even your private education, and you’ll be kicked out for plagiarism).
A Quick Review of Plagiarism
What is the definition of “to plagiarize”? The Merriam-Webster dictionary’s quick definition is: “to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas”. Their full definition is broken down into both the transitive and intransitive forms.
transitive verb: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own : use (another’s production) without crediting the sourceintransitive verb
: to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
So…according to the full definition, plagiarism is taking someone else’s words without their permission and passing them off as your own.
But let’s split hairs…
What if you paid your friend to write it. Or, what if you bought the essay? Technically, you had it “ghostwritten” and they gave permission, right? You paid them…aren’t the words yours now? (Hint: No, not in an academic setting.)
What does plagiarism look like?
The University of Illinois Springfield has a detailed guide (with examples) explaining all about plagiarism. But let’s just look at their headings…
- Using a direct quotation without quotation marks or a citation
- Paraphrasing or changing an author’s words or style without citation
- Insufficiently acknowledging sources or providing a partial citation
- Failing to cite sources for information considered non-common
- Using an essay from course for another without instructor permission
- Failing to attach all group members’ names to a group project
- Using someone else to heavily edit or re-write your essay
In that last section they specifically give the examples, “If you purchase an essay from the internet, a writer (including a TA or GA), or another student, you are plagiarizing.” and “If you pay your roommate, friend, brother, sister, mom, TA/GA, or anyone else to write your paper, you are plagiarizing.”
Essay Writing Sites to Avoid
Okay, so you finally understand. Don’t buy that research paper. Spend the time and do it. If necessary, spend that money you would have spent on a paper on a good tutor to help you with your paper. Now the question is, which homework help and essay writing sites should you avoid?
Below is a non-comprehensive list of sites found through a few Google searches. There are no links to these sites because Teaching & Technology does not advocate the use of these sites and will not add to their Google Page Rank by linking to them. Add any more you find to the comments section or email me.
I’m only on the 3rd page of a Google search that resulted in 27,800,000 results. I think I’ll stop. Many of these sites sounds disreputable and those that sound like honest companies…they many in fact be. However, if you turn in a paper that you purchased and don’t acknowledge the other writer, in an academic setting, it is plagiarism.