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Determining the Source for Plagiarized Papers

Plagiarism can range from cutting and pasting passages from web pages to downloading complete papers from web sites called paper mills. Luckily, the same technology that makes it easy for a student to find and copy information also makes it easy for a faculty member to locate the same source.

There are a myriad of sites that offer papers either for free or for a price (which can vary anywhere from $3.65 to $9.95/page). This list represents only a sample illustrating the scope and entrepreneurial zeal of the term paper "industry."

A-1 Termpapers
AntiStudy.com
BigNerds.com
Writework.com
EssayWorld.com
Other People's Papers.com
School Sucks
Term Paper and Essay Help
Thousands of Papers

In addition, Google Books has made millions of print books available online in whole or in part.

If you suspect plagiarism, you can track down possible sources by using search engines or the Library's subscription to Turnitin.com. For either of these options, it helps to have the paper in an electronic format.

Last updated August 25, 2010 by Chris Kretz