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
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
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