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xperceptionxThreads: 3
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Author: Catherine Zhu
Dec 26, 2008, 01:47am   #1
I know so many people have already done so. But I still want to double check before posting anything. Is is safe to post our essays up here? Like, is there anything to prevent plagiarism, and will it reflect badly on us if admissions people look up turnitin.com or something and find that we've posted our essays up here?

drman54Threads: 3
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Author: Ivan Collado
Dec 26, 2008, 02:02am   #2
Yes it is safe. It's perfectly fine to look for advice on essays, schools encourage it.

As far as safety and protection goes, your REAL NAME should be at the bottom corner, Catherine Zhu. So if anyone takes your essay, you will always have your real name at the bottom.

lol, I'd love to see the idiot who tries to steal one of these essays! Your email and name are attached to your account, so you'll always have proof you posted it.

xperceptionxThreads: 3
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Author: Catherine Zhu
Dec 26, 2008, 05:12am   #3
lol thank you!

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Dec 26, 2008, 04:29pm   #4
Like, is there anything to prevent plagiarism, and will it reflect badly on us if admissions people look up turnitin.com or something and find that we've posted our essays up here?

In addition, below every message you post there is your name automatically appended to the message. There's no better way to "prove" who was the author of the message (assuming, of course, the message wasn't copied from somewhere else).


MongooseSinThreads: -
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Author: Cory Weeks
Jul 27, 2009, 05:04pm   #5
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Quick question on posting Undergraduate Admission Essays

Quick question on posting Undergraduate Admission Essays

Im curious, how can I be sure that after posting my essay it will not be stolen and copied, therefore losing credibility with the University, by having the same essay as someone else? (if anyone was dumb enough to try that) It would be a huge hassle to work around wouldnt it?

EF_SimoneThreads: 3
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Author: Simone, EssayForum.com
Jul 27, 2009, 07:06pm   #6
See number 11 in Forum FAQs at http://www.essayforum.com/essay-faq/

In brief, you should make sure that you provided your real first and last name when registered for this site. This will assist Forum administrators in helping to prove your authorship should such a question arise. Next, you may elect to place your name, your initials, or some other identifying information at the beginning or end of the post in which you place your essay. This, along with the time/date stamping of the post, will verify that you placed the essay here before anybody else used it for some other purpose.

As you say, the likelihood of such nefarious (and stupid) activity is low. But you can use those steps to protect yourself.

EF_SeanThreads: 6
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Author: Sean, EssayForum.com
Jul 28, 2009, 06:45am   #7
This is less of an issue with regular essays than it is with application essays. With regular essays, you can also protect yourself by asking your professor / teacher if it is acceptable to use the website. That way, even if your essay gets flagged by anti-plagiarism software, you know you won't get in trouble (as long as the essay being on this site was the only reason for the flag, of course). For application essays, I suppose you are a bit more reliant on people not being totally stupid.

VakaxThreads: 2
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Author: Waqas Idrees
Apr 4, 2010, 03:11pm   #8
Attached on merging: plagiarism Issues?

Hey guys. I am applying for a Masters Scholarship and i have painstakingly written an SoP over the last two-three weeks...Its still in its final phases. I want feedback on it but the thing thats bothering me is how can i be sure that it wont be lifted? I know im prolly being paranoid but when you spend hours coining ideas you just develop an untrusting nature...Hoping this doesnt offend anyone and someone can put this uneasiness to rest...


claire echoThreads: 5
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Author: lee
Apr 5, 2010, 08:39am   #9
it is unnecessary to worry about this, otherwise no one can learn from on-line feedbacks!

EF_KevinThreads: 33
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Apr 5, 2010, 09:25pm   #10
claire echo:
otherwise no one can learn from on-line feedbacks!

Well, I tend to think this way now. Online collaboration is the modern paradigm. However, I understand Waqas' concern!

If Waqas Idrees is your real name, then your essay will appear here next to it with the date you posted it, so that should put your mind at ease. Also, express your unique plans and ideas in the essay -- so that it is as unique as you are. A good essay expressed a detailed plan, and a detailed plan is particular to you.

Aside from these ideas, the truth is that you can't be sure no one will copy parts of your essay if you let people see it. So... it is what it is.

See the TOS for other useful info.


anuarbek95Threads: 7
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Feb 9, 2011, 08:59am   #11
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question about this site

Hi, everybody.
I'm using this site since I've started my college application.
I've applied to 6 different universities, and almost all essays that I sent to them are here. Some are closed threads and some are not.

I want to know can the essay be considered as a plagiarized work when the college admission will read and check it ? Because I still have them in this site. Because when I used a program it showed me that all my essays are plagiarized. So, I think it's because of this posts.
Do I have to buy credits and delete them ? Or it's okay as long as my user name is the same as my real one ?

Thank you in advance

ioannidis007Threads: 2
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Author: Ioannidis Eleftherios
Feb 9, 2011, 09:46am   #12
That is actually an interesting question. I hope a moderator or Administrator has the answer. I believe that since your username and real name match you should be ok.

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Feb 9, 2011, 10:47am   #13
Or it's okay as long as my user name is the same as my real one ?

It was answered several times already, check the FAQs section. If you post under your real name and your essays are not copied from someone else, you should be perfectly fine.


joseph240Threads: 4
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Author: Tony Choo
Feb 28, 2011, 08:14am   #14
I think there is no reason why I have to copy.

Writing an essay is a skill that takes a long time so and if you copy an essay, you will not improve your writing skill.

Moreover, you may get a higher score because teacher cannot find you out but i believe all can do write an essay.

LiyuanThreads: 2
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Author: Liang Liyuan
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Dec 16, 2013, 10:57am   #15
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New to this site and worried about plagiarism


I came across this site while googling about a Umichigan essay prompt. Really fantastic site. I felt I needed writing help for very long but as I have left school for two years now, I can't look for someone expert enough to give me advice, particularly with present perfect tense.

Anyway, I've briefly looked through the FAQ section. I am still confused with how this site works in regard to preventing plagiarism. From what I've seen people post their essays here for everyone to see, so what if people decide to plagiarize off their essays? I know that it is easy to stop outright copy and paste theft but what if people take the core idea in the essay to write their own essay? Even if that does not hurt my chances of being admitted I would not like it.


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