Paying for Plagiarism

Jonathan Bailey
Contributing Editor

Dave Tomar

Dave Tomar

Students are increasingly turning to custom essay writing services for help in completing assignments and in helping them "make the grade." But, as a few noteworthy reports have already shown, the quality of the work that students pay for can be suspect. In fact, beyond just poor quality, embedded in many of these papers is repurposed or plagiarized content.

In this session we discuss essay writing services used by students and the frequency of plagiarism, and present strategies to help faculty identify ghostwritten or essay service-written work.


Dave Tomar is author of The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat (Bloomsbury USA). This memoir details Tomar’s decade as an academic ghostwriter and highlights the critical need for reform in higher education. Tomar is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. He has also appeared on ABC World News, Nightline and The Today Show.

Jonathan Bailey is a noted plagiarism and copyright expert who provides guidance to webmasters and copyright holders on issues related to plagiarism and copyright infringement through the website he maintains,