Freelance Writers Aiding Students in Plagiarism

You’re going to love this one:

Someone posted for a freelance writer to write a “literary report written based on a poem. It has to be 3-4 pages long and completed by tomorrow 21 June 09 6:00pm. Only apply if you know you can handle the work. If you do well with this, it may lead to continued work.”

Hopefully, the author of this post won’t be too upset with me for posting this. After all, I did use quotation marks, which is more than I can say for what he/she is doing.

AND they added an attachment of the actual assignment which includes a note from the instructor. The note says:

“Note: You are not expected to use other sources other than the poem. Should you choose to use extra sources, be sure to fully cite all quotations, summaries, and paraphrases from those sources. Do not use any material or words from another source without giving proper credit for the material that you use. Otherwise, it will be regarded as plagiarism and will result in a “0” on your paper and possibly course failure. All essays are submitted by professors for electronic verification of veracity.”

This type of thing really makes me sick to my stomach. TEN writers have bid on the project. That makes me even sicker.

As a college English professor, I know this sort of thing happens. I take all the precautions that I can, but I can only do so much.

Let me just plea here with all my fellow freelance writers – PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ON THESE TYPES OF PROJECTS! It is wrong on so many levels. Most importantly, it means that YOU take part in plagiarizing.

And I will safely bet that YOU would be really really pissed if someone stole YOUR work.

Okay, I’m finished ranting. For now.

Published by: Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.

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