Plagiarism Prevention Guide:
There are three types of papers available on the Web:
- Papers "published" by students or instructors as part of classroom assignments or research projects.
- Papers that can be downloaded for free. These papers can come from a variety of sources like online magazines, papers published by organizations specifically for the Web, or papers published by individuals.
- Traditional paper mills.
Paper mill is the term used to describe online databases that offer research papers on thousands of topics. Some paper mills operate via straight exchanges; you give them a paper of yours and they give you a paper in return. Others charge by the essay or page. Customized papers are also offered by some paper mills.
Most of these sites have a disclaimer stating that papers retrieved from the site are intended for "educational" purposes only. Students should be reminded that most sites have disclaimers that papers are only to be used as models. Regardless of the content of these disclaimers, operators of paper mills are usually indifferent to what students do with papers retrieved from their site.
The following links are to some of the more popular paper mills:
Research Papers Online
Thousands of Papers
Information on this plagiarism website used and adapted with permission from the University of Alberta Libraries Learning Services.