A collection of resources relating to this new form of academic misconconduct
Reports on contract cheating
Custom essay writing services: an exploration and next steps for the UK higher education sector
By the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) 2016, United Kingdom
This report explores the growing threat to UK higher education from custom essay writing services, or ‘essay mills’. It looks at how these services operate, gives examples from their websites, and highlights the claims they make, in particular their guarantees of being ‘plagiarism free’. It also includes a series of recommendations and specific actions QAA will take to begin to tackle the promotion and use of custom essay writing services.
Download a pdf of the report here.
Identifying and managing contract cheating
- a downloadable powerpoint presentation by Thomas Lancaster and Robert Clarke (2012)
- a downloadable guide to identifying and managing contract cheating in assessment tasks by Cath Ellis of the University of NSW (2015)