Contract cheating companies
or Essay Mills

In the academic environment, they began to hear more often about companies that write scientific and student essays to order. These companies are called Contract cheating companies or Essay Mills. They are spread all over the world. Sometimes they openly offer service on their websites to write papers for money. Most often, they camouflage their services for other services, for example, they offer to "help" write a paper for money. Or, which also often happens, they call their system an anti-plagiarism and even a free anti-plagiarism system, but in fact, they collect downloaded texts in a data bank in order to sell them later, compiling a new paper.

Essay Mills sometimes recruit celebs to promote their business. You can see their ads on the internet, as well as on social networks. They all pose a direct threat to the authors. Let's explain with an example. If you order a paper from Essay Mill, you are in fact violating your university's code of academic ethics, rules and procedures, and the laws of your country that do not allow cheating. Do not forget that you do not acquire the copyright for the work, but the right to use a document, since the author cannot be changed. There are many examples in the world when, after many years, the author was caught cheating. You never know what you will become in the future, perhaps a minister or a serious businessman! Once faked your work, it will forever be a risk in your career!

Remember that these companies do not write new texts, but always compile them! They can be easily found by anti-plagiarism systems.

If you notice that these companies are selling your original work, we advise you to contact them and demand to remove from the database. And if they do not agree, then contact the police. As a rule, Essay Mills respond immediately to the call of the police.

The types of Plagiarism

Direct plagiarism

Starting off with the most well-known type of plagiarism which is direct plagiarism. This is when you use sentences or quotes without citing the original author and source. When an idea is intentionally copied word by word and not cited, it is considered stolen or directly plagiarized.

Mosaic plagiarism 

Mosaic plagiarism is another pretty common way of claiming someone else’s work. In contrast to direct plagiarism, here the quotes from an original text are changed with synonyms in order for the text to deliver the same idea. Here citation is just as important, because the meaning of the text is still transferred from someone else’s intellectual property. 

Complete plagiarism 

Moving along, while direct plagiarism and mosaic plagiarism are only applicable for when the author uses selected quotes, complete plagiarism regards to when an author submits a work that was completely written by someone else and claims it as theirs. The practice of paying someone to write your essay has been around for ages, however, in recent years it has become a popular business venture. Essay writing “helpers” on social media and programs online offer to write texts in exchange for a fee, which is plagiarism. 

Paraphrased plagiarism

This type of plagiarism is kind of similar to the mosaic type. While with mosaic plagiarism, words are replaced with synonyms, in this case the stolen text has been paraphrased in a way that the same words are used but their positions have been changed. Thus, rewording the original text and still not citing the original source.

Accidental plagiarism

Imagine this scenario: a student during their session – stressed and trying to catch up with deadlines while being on minimal hours of sleep. In this case, the student can insert a quote and forget about citation rules or about citing the quote at all. Mistakes happen and this type of plagiarism is common for rushed submissions when the author cites something incorrectly or does not cite at all. That’s why it’s important to note here that some acts of plagiarism are subjective and being able to identify them is a step towards learning how to write in a correct academic way.


Now, this is the moment when you have some published work and you are writing a follow-up paper for it now so you copy and paste some of your old words onto this new paper without citing them. Well, this is when self-plagiarism happens. The concept of self-plagiarism can be hard to comprehend as the words and findings belong to the same person, however, it is important to avoid it as citations provide verification of the already existing ideas and, in this way, indicate the new findings in the updated text. Furthermore, since the new research will include observations deriving from past personal publications, citing will ensure the copyright rights and publishing rights of the journals. 

Source-based plagiarism

Finally, we have source-based plagiarism. This is another type of plagiarism which could be quite common as it is when an author uses an incorrect source of information or only cites one of two sources. It is sort of like quoting “Luke, I am your father” in your text when the real quote is actually “No, I am your father”. It is important to always keep track of sources and cite all the authors when quoting in a text. 


After listing some of the most popular and common types of plagiarism, we should also note that there are countless other ways people use to manipulate texts and get away with plagiarism. This is why we at StrikePlagiarism/ are here to help. With our system, you can analyze texts and see a detailed report with all the possible text manipulations that have been applied to a certain work. Our system has access to more than 30 million academic sources online and quickly browses the internet for any stolen texts, furthermore, it can cleverly spot any type of text manipulation including the switching of letters from different alphabets, the use of white spaces and many more. By joining us and supporting our mission, we will indicate plagiarism, promote and encourage using the correct style of academic writing for students, scholars and authors.  

Few simple steps to avoid plagiarism

There are few simple ways of avoiding plagiarism that every author shall remember. This list is a very short list of what you can do to make your paper more original!

  • Read and take notes - use as much literature as possible on the assignment set by your lecturer,
  • Take your time - you always need a time to write down your idea, don't hurry up, make it accurate!
  • Use your own words - ultimately to write a correct academic text you need to set out your thoughts, arguments and evidence,
  • Credit a text fragment correctly - indicate the author, add a quote and indicate it at the bibliography,
  • Don't forget to credit all fragments of the text you have used, all passages shall have reference to author, not only one of the fragments,
  • Avoid blind paraphrasing - think carefully about the meaning of the text you want to present and write it in your own words, always credit, if it is a creative and author's text,
  • Always list the sources you have used for your written paper,
  • Use a plagiarism checker - it can always be of help and show you exactly where and what you have copied and forgot to credit, either intentionally or unintentionally.

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