What not to do: Papermills on the Web
A number of sites on the Web offer "term paper services." The number
seems to increase every day, hawking their "alternatives" or "models" for
your own research; worse, they offer "alternatives" to your own engagement
with a particular text or texts. The actual papers I've seen from
such sites have been rather bad; at best, they rise to a middling kind
of competence, but this is outweighed by the fact that they never address
a text in the terms demanded by one of my courses or assignments.
As cited sources, then, they seem unreliable. And of course, if you
were to pass one off as your own work, that would be plagiarism, with all
the penalties and other disadvantages involved. Most of these sites
also charge for their limited services.
In short, don't use them. Feel free
to browse their essay titles to find examples of bad, general, misguided,
and poorly written approaches to a variety of texts and subjects; then
make sure you develop something far, far better: your own ideas.
This page is a learning tool provided by
Jeremy M. Downes
Department of English
All material is presented for educational purposes
Please contact me with any comments
Last update: August 24, 2000