Struggling with deadlines? College life feeling stressful? You might be tempted to take a shortcut, especially if someone points you toward an essay mill. But what are essay mills exactly?\n\n[caption id="attachment_4808" align="aligncenter" width="313"] Wrong kind of mill. Sorry.[\/caption]\n\nTo help out, we\u2019re here to explain what they are and why you should NEVER use them.\nEssay Mills and Essay Banks\nSome online businesses offer essays to students at a price. These come in two main types:\n\n \tEssay mills provide custom essays based on a specified topic, word count and deadline\n \tEssay banks sell pre-written essays, which are cheaper but less tailored\n\nThese businesses sometimes say that the essays they sell are just \u201ctemplates\u201d that students can use to generate ideas. However, using an essay mill is widely seen as cheating.\nThe Problem\nMaybe you\u2019ve read the descriptions above. But maybe you still think it sounds like an easy way to get a paper done without all the hard work of researching and writing it. Think again.\n\nIf you use a paper from an essay mill or essay bank, you will regret it for several reasons:\n\n \tUsing someone else\u2019s words without citing them clearly is plagiarism\n \tIf you are caught submitting a paper from an essay mill, it will count as academic fraud\n \tColleges have software, such as Turnitin, designed to spot plagiarism\n \tPapers from essay mills can cost hundreds of dollars and there is no guarantee of quality\n\nAs a result, using an essay mill could leave you poorer and get you kicked off your course!\nEssay Mills vs. Proofreading\nBut what if you still need help on a paper? If essay mills are a bad idea, what is your alternative? Well, the good news is that we can help! Having your work proofread has many advantages. We can:\n\n \tCorrect your spelling, grammar, and punctuation\n \tMake sure your vocabulary is academic and that terminology is consistent\n \tCheck that all of your sources are referenced correctly\n \tTighten up your writing to make sure it is clear and concise\n\nAnd all of this without making any major changes that could count as plagiarism. You will, of course, have to do the research and writing yourself. But that is how you learn things in the first place! The key is that we\u2019re here to support you.