I knew students were buying essays online, but I didn’t know this had become a massive industry. From a recent AFP article:
A Google search for “buy term paper” turned up 183 million sites, some of which, such as acceptedpapers.com, offer to write students’ papers for them when they are “unable to be creative for an essay” or would “rather enjoy a night out than write a book report at the library.”
Another service, perfecttermpapers.com, offers hard-pressed students “non-plagiarized research papers and term papers within your deadline… written by qualified American writers” for prices starting at around eight dollars.
Of course, kids who don’t want to write their own essays may not be able to distinguish between a good essay and a terrible one. One essay on dreamessays.com comparing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Catcher in the Rye begins with the sentence, “The forthcoming of American literature proposes two distinct Realistic novels portraying characters which are tested with a plethora of adventures.”
It’s pretty easy to see how this happens. Anyone who is willing to write an essay for eight dollars will probably want to crank it out quickly. And the fancier-sounding the words, the more easily the student will be fooled.
The student may be fooled in more than one way. Accepted Papers guarantees the following:
– 0% plagiarism
– No cut-paste material
– No bogus citations
– Your term papers will not found in any database
Zero percent plagiarism! Shouldn’t Accepted Papers be legally required to disclose that it is plagiarism to turn in someone else’s essay as one’s own?
In their FAQ they state, “Our philosophy consists of understanding the needs of our clients, offering excellent quality services and continuous satisfaction.”
I suppose the “continuous satisfaction” would be broken if they told the kids they were doing something wrong.