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When does getting online help for an essay become cheating?

21 June, 2010 - 17:19 GMT
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An increasing number of universities are using special software which can detect cases of plagiarism.

But there are companies which offer an essay-writing service and those cannot be picked up by such software.

Simon Rhodes is with a company called UKEssays.com, which sells essays to students; Barry Calvert is with nLearning, which sells software that helps detect plagiarism.

Newshour's Robin Lustig asked Simon Rhodes: if he was buying an essay from UKEssays, wouldn't he expect him to hand it in as his own work?

Listen to their discussion Listen 4 mins

First broadcast 21 June 2010