Do custom essay writing services work

Essays from essay writing services often contain extensive material cribbed from online sources as well as material from banks of standard essays that have been recycled many times over. Students who purchase so-called custom-written essays may not be getting as original work as they think. Because of the size and reach of Turnitin's databases, Turnitin is likely to flag content in so-called custom essays as unoriginal.

In a blog posting by Dan Ariely (professor at Duke University and the author of "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty " and "Predictably Irrational ") entitled "Plagiarism and essay mills ," he explains the results of an experiment in which he purchased custom essays to check out their quality. After receiving the absurdly poor quality essays produced by these services, he concludes, ". the day is not here where students can submit papers from essay mills and get good grades for them. Moreover, we concluded that if students did try to buy a paper from an essay mill, just like us, they would feel that they have wasted their money and won’t try it again."

Furthermore, Ariely says, the likelihood that such essays contain plagiarism is high, stating, "We submitted the four essays to WriteCheck.com. a website that inspects papers for plagiarism and found that two of the papers were 35-39% copied from existing works."

WriteCheck is a service of iParadigms , the creators of Turnitin. WriteCheck is a service that, for a nominal fee, allows students to independently check their own papers for improper citations before turning them in for a class. It was developed with extensive input from educators who want students to be able take responsibility for checking their own work. WriteCheck compares submissions to the same database as Turnitin but does not add the papers to the Turnitin database and does not provide the specific source of the matched text, so students can't simply append their essays with quotes and false citations.

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