Current State of Internet Paper Sites Term Paper Mills have been available on the Internet since 1996 and have already gone global. We call them paper mills because despite their rhetoric, these sites are in the business of providing pre-written research papers. Most sites contain disclaimers telling potential buyers not to submit these papers for a grade, but students can and do turn in these papers as their own. The list of Internet Term Paper Sites is just a sampling of the variety of sites available in English. How much does it cost to get a paper? • Some give papers away but require you to register. • Some sites act as an exchange--you must submit a paper to get a "free" paper. • Some sites charge only a membership fee that allows subsequent access. • Most charge by the page, ranging from $1-$10 per page. They'll bill your credit card as something unrecognizable like "Research Inc." or "AmeriCorp". • If your paper is due tomorrow and mail is too slow, you can get immediate delivery by email--for an extra $15. • After scanning the papers available, you don't see anything suitable for your assignment--No Problem--they will custom write one for you for an exorbitant fee. • They even run sales and summer blowout specials. What are students really getting? • No guarantee of quality or currency. • Papers that may be dated or not reflective of current events and trends. • Substandard writing and research. In addition to the term paper mill sites, there are other options for the enterprising student. Although these sites do not have papers for sale, and the papers are posted with copyright warnings, the unscrupulous student can still copy and download a paper from these sites and turn it in as their own work. • Web pages posted by well-intentioned academics with their own papers and those of their really good students. • Technical papers. • Proceedings of conferences. are posted online. • Essays and papers posted on personal home pages. • Using Internet search engines and searching under "term paper", "research assistance", "model papers", "research papers", or "technical papers" will retrieve both term paper sites and web pages with papers on them. Detecting Plagiarized Papers Using the list "Detecting Plagiarized Papers" can help professors identify some of the common giveaways of plagiarized papers. Some professors also ask students, as part of the final exam, to summarize the main points of their research paper. In addition, services have sprung up that offer to detect Internet plagiarism for a fee, such as Turnitin and SafeAssign. Tracking Down Plagiarized Papers Professors may be able to locate the original paper on the Internet using a variety of techniques. • Identify a unique string of words in the paper. Using a variety of search engines, search for the phrase using quotes " " . For example: austen AND "fair share of monsters" turns up only one paper (now archived). • Search for the title, again using quotes " ". If the student hasn't had the foresight to change the title, you may find it listed on a term paper site. • Search full-text databases, such as Ebscohost, Gale, ProQuest, or Science Direct, to look for papers plagiarized from published articles. • Utilize a plagiarism detection site, most of these sites charge some sort of fee.