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As many of you know, Gmail gives you a sidebar of ads chosen based on key words in your emails. So after a few messages about my dissertation and the writing process, I'm getting dissertation-related ads. This would include some places for discount thesis binding, software and bibliography services, and a very entertaining link to a paper-writing service.

I had to check it out.

I will not link to them or mention their name, but this is a site that offers to write papers to order for you, anything from a high school term paper to a Ph.D. dissertation. Now, I've seen term paper writing sites before (and I've busted students who have hired them), but I must admit I've never seen one that offered MA theses and Ph.D. dissertations. How would that even work? Is your committee full of idiots?

The best (read: most ironic) part of the site was their warning on plagiarism. Aside from the obvious (buying your paper is plagiarism) they GUARANTEE that their work is not sold more than once, and therefore will not show up on plagiarism-tracking services that schools subscribe to these days. As one of their writers says, If research is conducted thoroughly and a good understanding of the subject is achieved, there should be no need for plagiarism.

They also include a disclaimer which basically refutes everything they've said elsewhere on the site: Our papers are produced for research purposes only; they are not to be submitted as your own work under any conditions. (I'm sure that's what your client base has in mind.) Plagiarists – are they pressed for time, or couldn’t they care less, or what? Ethics and morals need a place always, and whatever. (Whatever.)

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"Your?" "whislt?" I felt a strange compulsion to correct the grammar and spelling on their site. Perhaps print it out, mark it through with a red pen, and inform them that I would hesitate to give them a B on their work, despite their claims that all papers were B quality or better.

And from such a company, you can get a 200 page graduate thesis for the bargain basement price of $3990. Where do I sign up?

Eek! Don't want to be a plagiarist. I should note that all quotes in green are from www(dot)masterpapers(dot)com.


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Gosh, you're harsh. These freelance dissertation writers need to make a living somehow. What's interesting is trying to figure out who would want to work there...

1. Former academics guilty of plagiarism.

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3. Legit professors working undercover with Department of Education investigators. (The special dictum unit?)

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Blogger Andy said...

Wow, I have so missed my calling. Anyone need a dissertation on historical misunderstandings of Wagner's Parsifal? Anyone? Hello? Oh.

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Andy, you're giving it away for free on your site. I need to develop a network in the music school to see if anybody else has been turning in your work as their own.

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That is hysterical. And I am fairly certain that the Supernanny wrote that last paragraph whilst in the car on her way to save another family...

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For those of you who do not already know, (Nicola) owns It's a classic, double-edged con. Nicola uses Academia Research to bring in eager (yet uninformed) writers of whom she will take advantage down the road, and then she uses MasterPapers to suck in naive clients to whom she delivers plagiarized material. It's a neverending cycle of fraud. claims that their address is in the Empire State Building. That is a bold-faced lie. All she does is use to provide a FAKE business address. She doesn't even have an office! Her business address is nothing more than an empty mailbox! In fact, when another member of put Nicola on the spot, Nicola couldn't even name the coffee shops that are across the street from the Empire State Building! Why? Because she's never even been to New York, let alone run a business there! She's Ukrainian. She's crooked--plain and simple.

Oh, I just looked at the home page again, and guess what? Nicola removed the deceitful Empire State Building address because I, and others, exposed it as fraudulent. Unfortunately for her, she was too stupid to remove that fake address from her other pages. So I've taken a full-screen picture of the "About Us" page at so that everyone can still view her fraudulent address:

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Well, I suggest writing your own damn papers, and not paying somebody else to help you cheat. But then, that's just me. What do I know?

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I agree with you 100%. Write your own papers. My wife completed her 4 year university education and wrote all her papers in English, and she is Japanese, and the university is in Japan. She had little exposure to everyday. English is a foreign language to her. She never plagiarized one sentence. I didn't even help her by proofreading/editing, although I really wanted to (she wouldn't let me). If people are too lazy to write a paper then get out of the field you are in.

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