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Common Q&As

question Can I purchase papers off the internet or hire someone else to write papers for me?
answer If you turn in work that someone else has done, regardless of whether or not you paid for it, it is plagiarism.
question My girlfriend is a better writer than I am. Can't she write the paper for me, as long as I do the research and the ideas are mine?
answer No, she can't. The same goes for a boyfriend/spouse/best friend/parent/child. If you turn in work that someone else wrote, you're guilty of academic dishonesty at least, and probably plagiarism as well.
question Can I get any help with writing my paper?
answer Yes, you may, but there are limits to the amount of help you may honestly receive. For example, others may read your paper and point out weaknesses, but they may not rewrite the paper for you. Here's a rule of thumb: if you were asked to write the paper in a classroom, with no one else helping, would you be able to do it?


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