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For students who don't want to write a thesis, dissertation, research paper, or term paper, there are abundant professional writing services to be found on the Internet that will do the work for a fee. Similar services sell the same pre-written papers to students multiple times. Since instructors have become more Internet savvy over the years and have learned to spot and uncover plagiarism, the business has changed somewhat. Now, it's much more common for students to use the services to hire a writer who will research and create an original paper on their specific topic. It technically isn't plagiarism if the work is being bought rather than copied or stolen. It is still cheating, though.

Students who use writing services for their research papers are also cheating themselves, as cliché as it may sound. They are paying for an education that they aren't receiving, and it can catch up to them in higher level courses. It's not difficult for a teacher to look at two different papers and see that they were written by different people. The consequences for being caught at schools and universities include academic disciplinary actions that range from a failing grade in the course to being permanently expelled. Most instructors take cheating seriously, and it isn't worth the risk. The consequences can follow a student for a long time.

Another thing to consider for students who are thinking of doing this is that the writing services themselves are not ethical. That is easily demonstrated by the nature of their business. Hiring them and expecting them to deliver a quality product on time is a gamble. The only reason the writers are doing this work is for the money, and they usually don't have a lot of incentive to produce a well-written and researched paper. Most of the services have a disclaimer that the papers should only be used for research purposes, though they know that's rarely, if ever, the case. It would certainly be an unnecessarily expensive source of research for the student.

The bigger issue at hand is what will happen in the future with a generation of students who are cheating more than in the past. The Internet can be a wonderful resource for exchanging information and finding academic sources. The flip side of this is that it makes it easier than ever before to find someone who will write a term paper for money. What will happen when these students enter the workforce? Most people would not want to be treated by a doctor, hire a lawyer, or work with any other professional who had cheated their way through school. This is something for the writers who work for these services as well as students to think about.

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