Facilitated Plagiarism: The Saga of Term-Paper Mills, and the Failure of Legislation and Litigation to Control Them

47 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2008 Last revised: 2 Apr 2018

Abstract

This article discusses facilitated plagiarism: plagiarism or cheating by students who purchase and submit papers obtained from term-paper mills. The article begins by tracing forty-five years of term-paper mill history and operations, including the move to the Internet and efforts to circumvent regulations. It then discusses statutory and judicial efforts to control these companies. Next, the article analyzes why legal efforts have failed. The article concludes by laying the groundwork for future work regarding a comprehensive approach to academic dishonesty on college campuses. That foundation involves adopting and applying concepts of environmental management to issues of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and facilitated plagiarism.

Keywords: plagiarism, term paper mills, plagiarize, plagiarized, academic honesty, academic dishonesty, writing, cheating

JEL Classification: K00, K13, K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Dickerson, Darby, Facilitated Plagiarism: The Saga of Term-Paper Mills, and the Failure of Legislation and Litigation to Control Them. Villanova Law Review, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1087801

Darby Dickerson (Contact Author)

UIC John Marshall Law School ( email )

300 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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