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These days, most writers know that posting your short prose and poetry online means that editors will consider the work to be previously published and therefore ineligible for publication in most literary journals. (Note: “Previously published” means something different for books. See our post: What is previously published writing? )

Naturally, writers want to share their work online because it’s an easy way to swap support and critique. But who wants to take the chance of having a piece become ineligible for publication?

One writer recently asked us: How can you share your work with a group without publishing it online?

If you’re careful and honest, there may be a few ways you can share your short stories, personal essays, and poems with a small group of people using the Web—without inciting the ire of irascible editors.

The Caveat: Every editor will have a different opinion about what constitutes “previously published” work. To be 100% safe, don’t post your writing online in any way, shape, or form. If you are uncertain whether an editor will consider your piece previously published, write and ask before submitting.

The suggestions we make below are strictly for sharing with small groups of family, friends, and peers. We recommend you limit the availability of your work (to no more than a dozen readers). Otherwise you may begin to get dangerously close to having the work considered “published.”

Five Ways To Share Your Writing Online Without It Being Considered Published

Start a small Yahoo group . Everyone can comment on your work and interact with one another in a close community. But because you can change the settings so that members must be invited to the group, writers can control the number of readers to be sure the work doesn’t make it into “published” range.

Start a personal email list. Sharing a poem with a small group of friends via a private email list isn’t going to get you into too much hot water if your numbers are reasonably small. You may want to ask your friends not to forward your work to others. We’ve all seen myriad email forwards that appear to have no author…and we don’t want that to happen to you!

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Start your own password-protected website (or, protect the portion of your site that features your work). By requiring visitors to have a password to see your work, you limit the number of potential readers.

Join an online workshop. A typical writing workshop (such as at a university) will have only a handful of people in it. Editors understand (and sometimes want) poems and stories to be workshopped prior to submission. Bigger  writers groups will often split into smaller groups as needed in order to keep the critique personal and private.

Be warned: If there are hundreds or thousands of people who can read and comment on your piece as they please via an online critique website, that’s getting dangerously close to editors rejecting your work because it’s previously published.

Share via private message. Posting your work to your social network puts that work in a sticky situation. Editors don’t know whether you have five friends or five hundred. Plus, if you post your work on Facebook and your fifty friends “Like” it, the friends of your fifty friends may be able to read the work and “Like” it for their friends…and then you’re well into “previously published” territory.

Rather than deliberating over the details and what-ifs, most editors will simply say “no” to work that has been published on social networks of any kind. Don’t muck up your chances of publication: Play it safe by sharing your writing via your social network’s private messaging feature. That keeps your writing out of the public sphere.

Limit The Number Of Readers

Whatever method you choose to share your writing online, the key is to be sure you’re not over sharing. Limiting your readers to a finite, controlled number is key.

Even if you suspect that only a handful of readers looked at your poem on your public blog, most editors will consider the poem previously published because the number of readers is potentially unlimited.

And remember: When in doubt about what “counts” as previously published writing, play it safe. Share only with your critique group and your closest family and friends.

Writer Questions

Ahh that’s some tricky ground, thanks for the heads up!


I’ve used a Yahoo group that was by invitation only. I think it’s a good way to keep all your posts in one place and easy to access anytime. Much easier than sifting through hundreds of emails. However, sometimes the site doesn’t recognize us, even if we are logged into our Yahoo accounts. Then we have to log out and log back in to Yahoo first, before logging in to the group. Some of the invitations to new members didn’t go through. And some of the members just could not quite get the hang of it, and did not want to use it anymore.

I’ve wondered whether this new Google Documents thing might work? I’ve seen Google Plus Circle in action yesterday. Not sure that is safe enough, or any easier than Yahoo.

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Carol, thanks for commenting! Google Documents can be a useful and relatively safe way of sharing your work, but only if you send it directly to others. You don’t want to leave it in cyberspace, and certainly not anywhere it can be publically viewed. The same goes with Google Plus; social media, as a whole, is very public. Unless your privacy settings are locked down tight, you don’t want to post work to any social network or program that can be viewed by multiple users.


I started a blog just over 2 months ago in an attempt to revive an old love of writing. I have several series of posts in mind that could eventually become indie published ebooks. Since I would be retaining sole control over those posts, the “previously published” issue should not be a problem.

Do I assume correctly, though, that if I were to start a new project such as a full-length novel, I should keep that under tighter wraps? What if I were to take a series of blog posts, do MAJOR re-working of them, and perhaps combine them with other never-published work? I suspect publishers would still have a problem with that.

Am I correct that such writing would of necessity have to remain in the indie-published realm?

Thanks for the heads-up.

Julie, assuming “indie-published” means “self-published,” you are correct. Whether your blog posts are seen by 100 or 1,000 people, you will be perfectly fine if you self-publish your work. However, if you ARE planning on taking your work to an agent or agency, you will want to start limiting the amount of writing you put online immediately. A major revision might help, but the agent/agency in question will most likely be turned off if they see your work has been publically viewable for a long period of time.


I don’t want to post; I want to publish! But sending unsolicited stories or poems hasn’t worked for me. Suggestions?

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15 of the Best Online Writing Communities for Aspiring Authors

As enjoyable and fulfilling as writing can be, the truth is that it’s often a solitary endeavor. While we might romanticize the focused artist typing away while imaginary worlds and narratives swirl inside their minds — authors know the truth: writing can get lonely. And moreover, when you’re working on a one-person project, it can be hard to remain motivated and accountable. That’s where writing communities come in.

Writing communities are the perfect place to find answers to your writing questions and to discuss the ins and outs of the writing life with people who actually understand what you’re talking about.

So, if you are tired of listening only to the voices in your head, take a look at our list of top online writing communities. (And if you're hungry for more, check out our more exhaustive list of the very best writing websites !)

Top online writing communities

1. absolute write water cooler.

With over 68,000 members, this is a large and highly active community. Here you can find threads on every genre imaginable, as well as discussions about freelance writing , the publishing industry, pop culture, writing prompts and exercises, and much more.

Perfect for: writers who are looking for a large and active community.

2. AgentQuery Connect

While this forum will come in handy for any writer, it’s especially helpful for authors who have already completed their manuscript and are wondering what to do next. The site boasts a wealth of information on publishing topics such as querying agents, self-publishing tips, and book promotion advice.

Perfect for: writers who are looking to connect with agents and learn more about the publishing industry.

3. Camp NaNoWriMo

If you’ve ever wanted to go to a writer’s retreat but can’t afford it just yet, then this site might help scratch your itch. Holding online “camp sessions” in April and July, Camp NaNoWriMo offers a digital space to encourage and empower writers at any point of their career. Here you can work on drafts, revisions, short stories, or any other writing project that involves word-count goals.

Perfect for: writers who can’t wait until November to crack their writing goals .

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4. Critique Circle

Feedback should be a vital part of any writer’s process, and this is exactly what Critique Circle offers. This members-only site allows authors to post stories in exchange for feedback on other people’s writing. You can also find storyboarding tools , writing prompts , workshops, name generators , games like hangman, and much more.

Perfect for: writers who want honest feedback on their writing.

5. Chronicles

As the world’s largest Science Fiction and Fantasy online community, Chronicles offers writers the opportunity to get together and discuss the latest books, news, and pop culture in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy world. This is an active community with thousands of threads that include genre-specific challenges, workshops, critiques, and even publishing and industry information.

Perfect for: writers interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy writing.

6. Facebook Groups

If social media is more your style, don't miss the chance to interact with your fellow writers by joining Facebook groups in your own niche. Look for groups with a strict "no self-promotion" rules so that it remains supportive and useful to your writing goals.

There are a lot of groups out there in a variety of topics that range from genre-specific writing tips to traditional and self-publishing industry news. Here are just a few of them:

The Street Team — Reedsy's own book marketing group for self-publishing authors. 10 Minute Novelists — a group for the time-crunched writer. Calls for Submissions  — for writers looking for publication opportunities. Fiction Writers Global — a great resource for information about traditional and self-publishing. Writers Unite! — an active group with plenty of support and motivation for novice and experienced writers alike.

Perfect for: writers who prefer using social media.



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8. The Next Big Writer

This is an international forum where writers can receive feedback on their writing and support on every other part of the creative process from drafting to publishing and marketing. The critiques are often thorough and many come from published authors. Keep in mind that there is a monthly cost associated with the membership, but it might be worth it to be able to bend the ear of published authors.

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More than just a single writing community, Reddit has countless ‘subreddits’ where writers of all genres, interests, and levels of experience flock. While it may not offer workshops or tools, members can find niche threads that relate to their interests, critique other people’s work, and discover helpful sources of information.

There are so many different subreddits that you can get lost browsing them, but here are a few of the most popular ones:

r/writing — for general writing purposes. r/writingprompts — for user-submitted writing prompts. r/destructivereaders — beware, if you don’t like harsh criticism this may not be the best fit. But if you are willing to endure it, you will come out a better writer at the end. r/worldbuilding — user submitted fiction worlds. r/fantasywriters — for anybody interested in the fantasy genre. r/characterforge — the place to be for character building. r/writerchat — for those interested in talking with fellow writers. r/selfpublish — for anybody interested in self-publishing. r/logophilia — “the love of words and word games,” and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. r/freelanceWriters — for anybody interested in a career in freelance writing . r/books — because reading is just as important as writing if you want to be a successful author.

Perfect for: writers who want niche threads based on a particular interest or need.

10. Scribophile

One of the largest communities in the world, Scribophile offers workshops, tutorials, and critiques for authors in just about any genre imaginable. While it is free to join, only users who pay for a membership get access to all their features.

Perfect for: authors whowant to take part in writing workshops alongside writers of all experience levels.

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11. She Writes

With over 30,000 members, this is the largest writing community exclusively for women. Here you can find articles on writing, editing, and marketing for every genre. There are forums tailored to specific needs, like travel writers, writing about trauma, NaNoWriMo, and many other topics.

Perfect for: women writers who want a place to connect and learn from fellow writers.

12. Talentville

If your passion lies in screenwriting, then you’ll want to book a one-way ticket to Talentville. Here you can get feedback on your writing and learn the skills necessary to perfect your screencraft. Plus, you can work on and build your network of contacts: the site is also a frequent stop for industry professionals (like agents, managers, and producers) on the lookout for new talent.

Perfect for: writers whoare interested in screenwriting and networking.

13. Underlined

A writing community by Penguin Random House. While any author can find helpful information on this website, it’s geared more towards younger writers. It has a well-designed platform, quizzes, genre-specific information, the latest news on book releases, Q&As with authors, and even some giveaways and excerpts as perks.

Perfect for: younger writers who are looking for genre-specific information and bookish perks.

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14. Writers Helping Writers

This is a free-to-register community where you can find resources for writers, teachers, and editors alike. They offer a vast array of tools to perfect your craft, no matter your level. Their extensive creative library includes webinars, free writing and marketing tools, a thesaurus collection, story maps, idea generators, and more.

Perfect for: writers, editors, and teachers who are looking to build up their writing toolbox.

15. #WritingCommunity

Sometimes, all you need is a hashtag. And indeed, Twitter's own #WritingCommunity is one of the most robust writing collectives on the web. Ask a question, and it'll almost certainly get answered (without a lot of Twitter's trademark snark). The key here is to keep your questions concise, reply often to others, and don't go crazy with other hashtags. The community can tell if you're just thirsty for RTs. Perfect for: writers who are finally ready to use Twitter for good — and not just for procrastinating.

Do you belong to a writing community? Which one is your favorite one? Add yours in the comments below!

13 responses

27/11/2018 – 22:42

Very useful post. Thanks for this. I will be linking to it on my blog.

Dr Jack Edward Effron says:

18/02/2019 – 16:40

You left out It’s truly free. They are not going to give you a rubbish service to make you join their pay site because they have no pay site. Your story can be 8,000 words. They are not going to force you into flash fiction of 3,000 words. One critique out, one critique in: no mucking about with “karma” or critiquing 5+ stories to get one critique. The great new idea whose time has come! And it’s British, not American.

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08/05/2019 – 12:28

Reedsy, thank God you are here! I want to ask a question to other authors or self publishers here: I have been approached by OmniScriptum to publish my books (research) with them. I cannot find much about this company online, so wondered if anyone has published with them recently? Thanks Reedsy in anticipation. Marie

↪️ Reedsy replied:

08/05/2019 – 12:29

Hi Marie! Sounds potentially very shady to me. If you haven't already, check out our post on predatory companies in publishing. One of the rules of thumb is that if a publisher contacts you first, be very wary. I just did 20 seconds worth of Googling and found some people who had a bad experience.

Eunice Brownlee says:

I am a member of illuminate, which is a group designed around supporting women who want to share their stories but don't know how. The majority of us write non-fiction essays and memoirs, but we have a few poets and fiction writers in the mix as well. The overall goal is to support each other, especially through those harder moments of not wanting to write, or not knowing where to start. There are monthly themes and prompts, a weekly exercise inside the Facebook group, and cross-sharing of what we're working on. My favorite feature is the expert review, where you can submit any piece you're working on each month and you'll get quality feedback from one of the editors that manage the group. This group is perfect for anyone who is just getting started writing.

↪️ Brittani B replied:

11/02/2020 – 19:27

I tried the link multiple times both from this page and separately searched and was unable to access the site.

Harry says:

05/06/2019 – 07:51

Personally I think you missed out the best writing community: Jericho Writers is a free writing community that writers can safely share thought, make friends, swap work and get advice

Christian says:

08/08/2019 – 12:21

I only recommend Scribophile if you enjoy being coerced into groupthink. If you hope to get meaningful critique that will help you, look elsewhere. The critiques here are mostly SPAG, and it's forbidden to discuss your work on the main forums, except in the broadest, vaguest way.

Randy says:

18/08/2019 – 06:11

I have all my dads writing research and copyrights to 18 different books....all this was before the digital world .... many negatives photos ....every major story from all over the world with his .copyright . These are huge stores and his books are really well written ....what should I do with them .....incredible spy work as well

Ratih says:

27/08/2019 – 03:50

As a new writer this article is really useful for me. Thank you reedsy

Jennifer says:

02/09/2019 – 14:15

Hi guys! Great blog! Just wanted to let you know that we linked to you in a blog on the Peaceful Living Wellness Online Magazine :) It will be published on Friday, September 6th, 2019

↪️ Martin Cavannagh replied:

17/09/2019 – 09:04

Thanks! We appreciate that!

Kaylee Downey says:

14/02/2020 – 19:09

Um...what about Wattpad?

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An academic essay is a focused piece of writing that develops an idea or argument using evidence, analysis, and interpretation.

There are many types of essays you might write as a student. The content and length of an essay depends on your level, subject of study, and course requirements. However, most essays at university level are argumentative — they aim to persuade the reader of a particular position or perspective on a topic.

The essay writing process consists of three main stages:

  • Preparation: Decide on your topic, do your research, and create an essay outline.
  • Writing : Set out your argument in the introduction, develop it with evidence in the main body, and wrap it up with a conclusion.
  • Revision:  Check your essay on the content, organization, grammar, spelling, and formatting of your essay.

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Essay writing process, preparation for writing an essay, writing the introduction, writing the main body, writing the conclusion, essay checklist, lecture slides, frequently asked questions about writing an essay.

The writing process of preparation, writing, and revisions applies to every essay or paper, but the time and effort spent on each stage depends on the type of essay .

For example, if you’ve been assigned a five-paragraph expository essay for a high school class, you’ll probably spend the most time on the writing stage; for a college-level argumentative essay , on the other hand, you’ll need to spend more time researching your topic and developing an original argument before you start writing.

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Before you start writing, you should make sure you have a clear idea of what you want to say and how you’re going to say it. There are a few key steps you can follow to make sure you’re prepared:

  • Understand your assignment: What is the goal of this essay? What is the length and deadline of the assignment? Is there anything you need to clarify with your teacher or professor?
  • Define a topic: If you’re allowed to choose your own topic , try to pick something that you already know a bit about and that will hold your interest.
  • Do your research: Read  primary and secondary sources and take notes to help you work out your position and angle on the topic. You’ll use these as evidence for your points.
  • Come up with a thesis:  The thesis is the central point or argument that you want to make. A clear thesis is essential for a focused essay—you should keep referring back to it as you write.
  • Create an outline: Map out the rough structure of your essay in an outline . This makes it easier to start writing and keeps you on track as you go.

Once you’ve got a clear idea of what you want to discuss, in what order, and what evidence you’ll use, you’re ready to start writing.

The introduction sets the tone for your essay. It should grab the reader’s interest and inform them of what to expect. The introduction generally comprises 10–20% of the text.

1. Hook your reader

The first sentence of the introduction should pique your reader’s interest and curiosity. This sentence is sometimes called the hook. It might be an intriguing question, a surprising fact, or a bold statement emphasizing the relevance of the topic.

Let’s say we’re writing an essay about the development of Braille (the raised-dot reading and writing system used by visually impaired people). Our hook can make a strong statement about the topic:

The invention of Braille was a major turning point in the history of disability.

2. Provide background on your topic

Next, it’s important to give context that will help your reader understand your argument. This might involve providing background information, giving an overview of important academic work or debates on the topic, and explaining difficult terms. Don’t provide too much detail in the introduction—you can elaborate in the body of your essay.

3. Present the thesis statement

Next, you should formulate your thesis statement— the central argument you’re going to make. The thesis statement provides focus and signals your position on the topic. It is usually one or two sentences long. The thesis statement for our essay on Braille could look like this:

As the first writing system designed for blind people’s needs, Braille was a groundbreaking new accessibility tool. It not only provided practical benefits, but also helped change the cultural status of blindness.

4. Map the structure

In longer essays, you can end the introduction by briefly describing what will be covered in each part of the essay. This guides the reader through your structure and gives a preview of how your argument will develop.

The invention of Braille marked a major turning point in the history of disability. The writing system of raised dots used by blind and visually impaired people was developed by Louis Braille in nineteenth-century France. In a society that did not value disabled people in general, blindness was particularly stigmatized, and lack of access to reading and writing was a significant barrier to social participation. The idea of tactile reading was not entirely new, but existing methods based on sighted systems were difficult to learn and use. As the first writing system designed for blind people’s needs, Braille was a groundbreaking new accessibility tool. It not only provided practical benefits, but also helped change the cultural status of blindness. This essay begins by discussing the situation of blind people in nineteenth-century Europe. It then describes the invention of Braille and the gradual process of its acceptance within blind education. Subsequently, it explores the wide-ranging effects of this invention on blind people’s social and cultural lives.

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The body of your essay is where you make arguments supporting your thesis, provide evidence, and develop your ideas. Its purpose is to present, interpret, and analyze the information and sources you have gathered to support your argument.

Length of the body text

The length of the body depends on the type of essay. On average, the body comprises 60–80% of your essay. For a high school essay, this could be just three paragraphs, but for a graduate school essay of 6,000 words, the body could take up 8–10 pages.

Paragraph structure

To give your essay a clear structure , it is important to organize it into paragraphs . Each paragraph should be centered around one main point or idea.

That idea is introduced in a  topic sentence . The topic sentence should generally lead on from the previous paragraph and introduce the point to be made in this paragraph. Transition words can be used to create clear connections between sentences.

After the topic sentence, present evidence such as data, examples, or quotes from relevant sources. Be sure to interpret and explain the evidence, and show how it helps develop your overall argument.

Lack of access to reading and writing put blind people at a serious disadvantage in nineteenth-century society. Text was one of the primary methods through which people engaged with culture, communicated with others, and accessed information; without a well-developed reading system that did not rely on sight, blind people were excluded from social participation (Weygand, 2009). While disabled people in general suffered from discrimination, blindness was widely viewed as the worst disability, and it was commonly believed that blind people were incapable of pursuing a profession or improving themselves through culture (Weygand, 2009). This demonstrates the importance of reading and writing to social status at the time: without access to text, it was considered impossible to fully participate in society. Blind people were excluded from the sighted world, but also entirely dependent on sighted people for information and education.

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The conclusion is the final paragraph of an essay. It should generally take up no more than 10–15% of the text . A strong essay conclusion :

  • Returns to your thesis
  • Ties together your main points
  • Shows why your argument matters

A great conclusion should finish with a memorable or impactful sentence that leaves the reader with a strong final impression.

What not to include in a conclusion

To make your essay’s conclusion as strong as possible, there are a few things you should avoid. The most common mistakes are:

  • Including new arguments or evidence
  • Undermining your arguments (e.g. “This is just one approach of many”)
  • Using concluding phrases like “To sum up…” or “In conclusion…”

Braille paved the way for dramatic cultural changes in the way blind people were treated and the opportunities available to them. Louis Braille’s innovation was to reimagine existing reading systems from a blind perspective, and the success of this invention required sighted teachers to adapt to their students’ reality instead of the other way around. In this sense, Braille helped drive broader social changes in the status of blindness. New accessibility tools provide practical advantages to those who need them, but they can also change the perspectives and attitudes of those who do not.

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My essay follows the requirements of the assignment (topic and length ).

My introduction sparks the reader’s interest and provides any necessary background information on the topic.

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An essay is a focused piece of writing that explains, argues, describes, or narrates.

In high school, you may have to write many different types of essays to develop your writing skills.

Academic essays at college level are usually argumentative : you develop a clear thesis about your topic and make a case for your position using evidence, analysis and interpretation.

The structure of an essay is divided into an introduction that presents your topic and thesis statement , a body containing your in-depth analysis and arguments, and a conclusion wrapping up your ideas.

The structure of the body is flexible, but you should always spend some time thinking about how you can organize your essay to best serve your ideas.

Your essay introduction should include three main things, in this order:

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A thesis statement is a sentence that sums up the central point of your paper or essay . Everything else you write should relate to this key idea.

The thesis statement is essential in any academic essay or research paper for two main reasons:

  • It gives your writing direction and focus.
  • It gives the reader a concise summary of your main point.

Without a clear thesis statement, an essay can end up rambling and unfocused, leaving your reader unsure of exactly what you want to say.

A topic sentence is a sentence that expresses the main point of a paragraph . Everything else in the paragraph should relate to the topic sentence.

At college level, you must properly cite your sources in all essays , research papers , and other academic texts (except exams and in-class exercises).

Add a citation whenever you quote , paraphrase , or summarize information or ideas from a source. You should also give full source details in a bibliography or reference list at the end of your text.

The exact format of your citations depends on which citation style you are instructed to use. The most common styles are APA , MLA , and Chicago .

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If you’re a student, you would probably love to find websites that’ll write papers for you for free. Does free cheese ever come cheaply? No, but with this best free essay websites review, you’ll see that exception happen. Our team checked numerous writing platforms and settled on five top options. Read about our insights and draw your conclusions.

Updated: 21.02.2023

All ratings, opinions, and reviews you see on this site do not necessarily reflect the official position of any other company, educational establishment, or employer. These reviews are always subject to revision and change. Please do not hold us to them — visit actual websites to make any decision.

To decide what score each company deserves, we compare our team’s grades, academics’ ratings, and individual reviews. Opinions of team is worth 30% of the total grade. Academics’ ratings comprise 35%, and individual grades account for 35%. In cases when there are no individual reviews posted about a firm, academics have a say by 60%, while our team gets 40%.

Top 5 Free Essays Websites

  • a good collection of free essay samples
  • customer support
  • helpful blog for college students
  • reliable payment methods and privacy rules
  • you cannot choose your writer
  • Discounts 13% and various 10% and 5%, depending on your customer history
  • Minimum Deadline 6 hours
  • Payment Methods VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
  • Guarantees Money-Back Guarantee, 24/7 Support, No Plagiarism, Confidentiality
  • Types of Papers Essays, Research papers, Term paper, Thesis, Dissertation, Coursework, Book report, Book review, Research summary, Case Study, Lab report, PowerPoint presentation, Article, Article critique, Reaction paper, Admission essay, Personal statement, Proofreading, Editing, Rewriting
  • Lowest Price Starting at $11.99 per page
  • Number of Samples 100k+
  • Number of Categories 4k+
  • Access Free
  • Originality Almost Original
  • Samples Accuracy & Categorization Accurate
  • Quality of Samples High
  • Website Navigation Simple
  • Excellent blog with helpful articles, writing guides, topic lists, and other valuable information for college students and educators

It is one of the best choices for essay and research writing work, according to our reviews. This company provides good grammar quality and follows all formatting and grading rubric rules. Timely delivery and free revisions work as advertised. Their selection of free samples seems to be curated by the company’s specialists since they are mostly good. What makes them even better is their customer support service, which is available immediately and provides custom help with order placement, payment procedure, and revisions. If you want to choose something that is affordable and customized to your needs, this service is the safest bet.

This company has been offering free essays online starting with 2013, and many students use its services when completing their studies. There is a big number of samples on its website: they are situated in alphabetic order, and you could also type your keywords in a welcoming search space to locate something specific. If you’d like to read an essay, you could do it for free and without making an account. But in case you want to use any of these papers for your own writing, you’ll have to give your email address and the company will send your chosen sample to you. These free essays are good: website’s owners pick only the best options. If you like any of them, try paid writing services at this firm, too. Its prices are affordable and its writers could produce great essays based on your instructions. Refunds and revisions are present. But note that if you need urgent order, you’ll have to clarify how possible it is for TopEssayWriting to handle it. Its experts aren’t fond of rushed work in most cases.

  • best customer support
  • fast delivery
  • cool design
  • new website
  • Minimum Deadline: 3 hours
  • Lowest Price: $11.99
  • Discounts: 10%
  • Payment Methods: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
  • Guarantees: 24/7 Support, Confidentiality, Customer Satisfaction, Money Back, Native Writers, No Hidden Charges, No Plagiarism, On-time Delivery, Proofreading, Quality, Revision
  • Types of papers:  Essay, Research, Term paper, Thesis, Dissertation, Coursework, Capstone project, Book report, Outline, Book review, Movie review, Research summary, Report, Case Study, Lab report, PowerPoint presentation, Article, Article critique, Annotated bibliography, Reaction paper, Project
  • Number of Categories 5k+
  • Originality of Samples Almost all Original

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This WritingUniverse review was born after we got numerous requests to investigate it. Our team quickly did preliminary research, and we realized why students showed interest in it. WritingUniverse is mysterious in several ways at once: we have no idea when it was established and reviews on its website don’t have any dates mentioned. It’s very in tune with its logo of an alien with a UFO. The company offers writing-related services; it asks for adequate prices and works with the shortest deadlines. Even a 3-hour timeframe is accepted. Few reviews from customers we saw are mostly positive, but they aren’t informative enough to draw conclusions. So, we launched our own investigation.

This is an impressive platform with an interesting design that offers a choice between 100K different essays on any topic. They are all divided into specific categories like art, business, literature, healthcare, etc., so every student will be able to find something that meets their demands. Of course, these sample papers won’t follow your unique instructions 100%, but you can still get enough material for completing your own essay. The ones we checked were plagiarism-free, and while they weren’t always ideal, the level of writing in them was pretty high. They also relied on good sources and followed academic citation rules. Students won’t have to create an account or pay anything to use them, but if they want to download them, they’d have to share their email. This is a minor flaw our review team noted. WritingUniverse showed extra care in making all its papers and articles useful for students. This makes its paid services more trustworthy: these writers don’t ask for much, but they are efficient and produce their works on time. Revision helps protect you from any accidents or mistakes on the writer’s side. Considering all these facts, we give WritingUniverse the second place on our list.

  • no plagiarism
  • excellent free essay samples
  • timely delivery
  • variety of different help and subjects on offer
  • excellent blog
  • things may get pricey if you have an urgent order or request services like resume writing
  • Lowest Price $14.99
  • Minimum Deadline 3 hours
  • Discounts 15%
  • Payment Methods VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover.
  • Guarantees 24/7 Support, Confidentiality, Customer Satisfaction, Money Back, No Plagiarism, On-time Delivery, Proofreading, Quality, Revision
  • Types of Papers Rewriting, Proofreading, Editing, Admission essay, Dissertation, Resume/CV, Essays, Research papers, Term paper, Coursework, Capstone project, Book report, Outline, Book review, Movie review, Research summary,  Report, Case Study, Lab report, PowerPoint presentation, Article, Article critique,  Annotated bibliography, Reaction paper, Project.
  • Number of Samples 1k+
  • Number of Categories 30+
  • Originality of Samples Only Original
  • Types : Free conclusion generator, paraphrasing tool, essay maker, and a good blog with dissertation topics and various writing style guides.

This company offers a plethora of popular writing services and those types of academic writing help that are not so common like resume writing and business report assistance. They have a good pricing scheme that instantly shows you the price. Additionally, you may request drafts, plagiarism reports, proofreading by an editor, and urgent writer’s selection. They offer excellent quality, a good collection of free essay samples, a good blog that will help many students learn about writing styles and find inspiration, and the majority of payment methods. They are a reliable service that is safe to consider for most tasks. Just remember that things may get a bit pricey, yet it is always paid off as our review experts have found out.

This is one of the best free essay sites that has been providing assistance to students since 2013. It has a simple but pleasant design where everything is comprehensive, so you won’t have issues with figuring out how to use it. There are many best samples here, and what we liked is that they point out what format they have, how many sources writers used, etc. Some of them aren’t perfect, but you need to remember that they were written by fellow students who studied different subjects in different educational establishments. For instance, someone from college could perform great research, but for university students, it could seem overly basic. So try several options before choosing something; after making sure they are great, consider hiring your own writers from GrabMyEssay. Prices here are higher than they are at two previous companies, hence its third place on this list, but with a discount, it might not matter much. Writing experts have professional backgrounds and do a great job following clients’ instructions. Most reviews about GrabMyEssay are positive, and we liked it, too: these guys produced our essay right by our deadline. They don’t enjoy hot orders, though, so keep this in mind. Apart from this, we found its policies friendly and its work impressive.

  • lots of different academic services
  • supportive team of operators
  • free essays present
  • good quality
  • no discounts
  • repetitive website
  • Q&A Yes
  • Tutoring Yes
  • Online courses Upon request
  • Mobile app No
  • Access Free subscription with limited access
  • Discounts No info
  • Payment Methods Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Wire Transfer, American Express
  • Guarantees confidentiality, tutors work 24/7, 1 free question, no plagiarism, no hidden charges, refunds
  • Quality of help Medium-to-high
  • Subjects All subjects
  • Types of services Essays, Questions & answers, Proofreading, Editing, Study resources
  • Number of Samples 1000+
  • Number of Categories 100+ categories
  • Access Free & don’t require an account
  • Originality Most samples are original
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CleverrUp is a relatively new company that provides many-layered homework services in a variety of spheres. It could solve your Math problems, write an essay, find an answer to a particularly complex question, give you a tutor, and so on. Its prices are affordable and its quality is of acceptable level. It follows deadlines properly, but there are next to no Cleverr Up reviews online because a firm hasn’t been working long.

Design of this free essay online provider is outdated and might be unclear at first, but its work is still impressive. There is a solid database with samples on various topics. For downloading any of them, you should create an account or log in if you already have one, which is a complication. In comparison with other papers, we found these free essays a little more flawed, but all in all, they had a satisfying level of quality. As for paid writing services, they cost too much. Writers are going to follow your instructions, but they don’t always upload their work on time, so this is something to look out for. Still, CleverrUp has customer-friendly policies — you can count on getting what you want sooner or later, depending on deadline and complexity. If something is wrong, refunds are present, so one way or another, you won’t be disappointed.

  • large selection of free essay samples
  • affordability
  • good customer support
  • we required several revision requests
  • Discounts Not Available
  • Minimum Deadline  4 hours
  • Payment Methods Visa, Mastercard
  • Types of Papers Argumentative Essay, Admission/Application Essay, Annotated Bibliography, Article, Assignment, Book Report/Review, Case Study, Coursework
  • Lowest Price Starting at $26.55 per page
  • Guarantees Private communication, Complete confidentiality, No registration, Free Unlimited Revisions, Money Back Guarantee, 24/7 Support
  • Number of Samples 100+
  • Number of Categories 49
  • Access Free Subscription
  • Originality of Samples Plagiarized
  • Quality of Samples Medium
  • Website Navigation Complicated
  • GPA Calculator
  • Thesis Generator
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It is a new company that has left a good impression as we cooperated with them for our essay order. Still, very few online reviews make it difficult to shape one’s opinion. Some plagiarism issues have been encountered, yet they offer timely delivery and their prices are quite competitive. If some grammar issues and formatting could be polished along with more information regarding their writers, this company could be listed among those that are safe to use. They also provide basic information regarding free revisions and refunds, yet it is always a matter of luck as they have their own QA department that rules out their final decision.

StudentShare creates free online essays for students by generating papers from volunteers who want to share their works. Quality varies: some are great, others not so much. You’ll need to pay close attention to each essay you’re reading — don’t automatically assume they are perfect. This platform has a convenient system where you can type in relevant keywords, indicate document type, pages, number of views, etc. for finding papers that fit your needs best. Premium writing service is available as well, but it is really expensive even with discounts. One page costs more than $20, so not everyone, especially with the request “write my essay for free,” is going to be able to afford it. Writers are very welcoming, but their attitude to work varies. Some will do everything perfectly while others could be late. In many ways, it is like a lottery: you can get the best service here, but it could take several tries.

Reasons Why You Need Free College Essays

Why do many students look for free essay examples? Here’s your answer.

  • Needing to understand how to structure an essay correctly
  • Wanting to see new ideas for getting inspiration
  • Struggling with understanding their topic and wanting to see what others said
  • Hoping to see correct academic style usage in free essay samples
  • Lacking time and wanting to download an essay
  • Making sure their own ideas are unique
  • Checking what sources other writers used
  • Comparing their ideas to understand the topic better
  • Looking at thesis for formulating their own essay direction

Review Process

Selection of companies for investigation. The essay writing niche grows rapidly. We keep our fingers on the pulse and review all new and double-check old companies.

Background check. It is important to know how much information about every company is available online, how easy it is to access it and understand if it is true. We study the website, online presence, and client reviews.

Investigation of quality. We cannot assess the service if we do not use it. So, we pick a few random essay samples from the site and check them. Also, we order an essay with our own requirements and analyze every step our order goes through – placing, delivery, communication with writer and support, revision, and in some cases refund.

Evaluation of policies. We pay close attention to guarantees and policies: money-back guarantee, revision guarantee, terms and conditions, and other features offered.

Why Is Reading Reviews Vital?

Before paying, you need to learn if website that writes essays for you is trustworthy. But unless one of your friends tried it, how would you know? Through reviews. They help you see the experience of other people and read objective thoughts of professionals.

Are Free Essays Online for Students Unique?

Not really. There are many samples online, and you cannot tell how many students used which of them. There is every chance that someone else has already downloaded an example and submitted it to their professor, so don’t do it, too. It’s not worth the risk. If you need substantial help, order an original paper.

Criteria That Best Websites with Free Samples Must Meet

When it comes to free college papers online or free essay writer services, quality matters. There is no point in offering samples if they are terrible and students will only get into trouble with them. Here are the criteria each best essay writing service must follow.

  • Having a big database with papers.
  • Making sure these papers have medium-high quality.
  • Including at least some unique essays.
  • Not asking for money / registration.
  • Establishing an easy navigation system.
  • Including many categories.

How Could I Benefit From Them?

Essays for free are great as long as you know how to use them. Don’t send them to the professor and pretend they are yours — this could get you in trouble. Instead, look at how they are written. Take practical tips about structure; use some ideas and make your own on their basis.

Are All Online Reviews Real?

Not all of them are real, Never trust the testimonials on the site, as every company publishes them and can add and alter them to make them sound positive. We collect only real reviews from clients who really paid for essay services and can provide proof. Our own investigation also helps to be unbiased and true. We stand behind every word.

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Tips for finding real reviews.

Let’s discuss how to find reliable reviews. If you know what to look for, it’ll be a piece of cake.

  • Find several review platforms. Never limit yourself to just one platform. Try a couple, preferably the first ones you see in Google. Open them and start reading comments there.
  • Check details of reviews. What do these reviews mention? If they promise free non plagiarized essays that will be done in 1 hour, it’s clearly a lie. But if they mention some personal details, it is likely that they are genuine. Tone matters, too: never trust sheer positivity.
  • Look into posters’ history if applicable. Click on reviewers’ profiles and look at how often they post something and what it is. If the history is empty or advertising in nature, they are fake.
  • Make sure reviewers have personal experience. If you’re on a website like ours, check how many reviews are present and how new they are. Never trust old sources.

Specific Ways to Find the Best Writing Companies

Now let’s discuss on what specific platforms you stand higher chances of finding real reviews. Most of them don’t concern the aspect of writing essay online free, but they are helpful for those who need professional help and are ready to pay for it.

  • Reddit. There are many subs where you can find reliable reviews and check posters’ history. Join student communities and use their recommendations.
  • SiteJabber. Type the name of the company you’re interested in on this website and read reviews. You could find opinions about paid or free essay paper providers there. Check what companies reply to these reviews — if they don’t, it’s a bad sign. If they address just negative reviews, it is also suspicious.
  • TrustPilot. It works similarly to SiteJabber. Look into each reviewer’s posting history before trusting what they say.
  • Quora. This is a great discussion platform where you can exchange opinions and find recommendations on the best companies. Whether you need an essay, a book, or lab work, type in your request and read answers. Like with all previous forums, check some info about posters and decide if they are trustworthy on this basis.

Could I Look for a Company without Reading Reviews?

In case your friend recommends something or you already have a reliable provider, you won’t need reviews. Maybe some agency looks particularly great and you loved chatting with its operators, but reviews about it are negative. Rely on your own gut. Online comments give you ideas — what you do with them is up to you.

Choose the Best Company and Enjoy Free Time

If you want to find websites that write essays for you free or pay experts for creating original papers, check 5 options we recommended. They are the best, and you’re guaranteed to find good websites that do your homework there. In case this isn’t enough, start a chat with operators and place an order. If you’re interested in more specific subjects or prices, check our other reviews. Let us know what you think — we want you to be happy with your choice.

Frequently Asked Questions About Websites with Free Essays

Yes and no. There are free essay writing websites where you could read hundreds of free samples, choosing one that you enjoyed and that matched your topic best. But the actual writing process from scratch isn’t free. If you want a unique essay that follows your specific instructions, you’ll have to pay for it.

Our choice in 2021 is WritingUniverse. It has excellent free essay papers, English speakers who specialize in various subjects and could write a fantastic paper, and low prices made even lower with good discounts.

Yes, of course, but not everywhere. In our experience, only the best companies that really care about students and their needs offer free samples. Even fewer offer good ones.

No, unfortunately, this isn’t something you should expect. Apart from you, many other students are searching for samples, and they might like the exact same one you picked. This creates repeated plagiarism if you use it instead of writing something yourself.

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One of the things I was curious about when I started my self-publishing journey was there a place online that I could publish my work online publicly prior to full-blown publishing.

So in this article, we will take a look at the best sites for writers to publish their work online…

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Which are the best websites for writers to post their work publicly?

Here are the 7  best websites for authors to share their work online: 

Why Would an Author Want to Post their Work online Publicly?

Before we take a deeper look at each of the websites above, I thought it might be a good idea to discuss the benefits of publishing your work online since it was a question I asked myself when I first learned about these platforms.  So let’s take a deeper look as to why you may want to consider sharing your stories publicly on these sites.

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1. One Is The Loneliest Number

Writing can be one of the most intrinsically fulfilling artforms there is, but with that, it can also be lonely. Sometimes writing into a vacuum can become demotivating over the long haul. By sharing your writing on these sites you can break out of this vacuum and keep that motivation going. You can ensure that your hard work doesn’t fall into the abyss.

2. Build Your Fan Base

Launching your first book is daunting, and getting your first set of readers is crucial.  By publishing a sample of your work on one of the sites above, you can begin to cultivate fans that will be excited and dare I say thirsty for your book launch. This can give you a huge edge compared to launching completely unknown.

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3. Build Your Backstory

You can make your novel that much stronger by flushing out your character’s back story further online, live to an audience.  These websites will help you turn your concept into a full-fledged novel-worthy plot.   Doing it live is way more fun than running endless beats for yourself in the prewriting process.

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4.  Vet Your Idea

If you have an idea for a novel, you can test the concept by publishing a few chapters online with live readers. This can be incredibly useful if you are looking to write to the market. Make sure you have a concept that readers want, what better market research than actually putting a bit of the work out there in the universe to gauge first-hand interest.

This can be really useful if you are one of the writers with endless ideas.  Narrow down your top two novel ideas, put a few chapters of each on one of the sites above and see which gets more traction.

5. Get Feedback

Want to gather feedback on your work, writing style, protagonist, then this could be a great way to do it. Asking friends and family is great but they might not be as honest for fear of hurting your feelings. If you engage strangers requesting direct feedback, you will learn a ton. Just remember feedback is a gift, don’t take it personally. Read it with an open mind, and implement what you think has merit.

6. Find Beta Readers

Having a core group of Beta readers that are willing to read your draft prior to publishing is huge. It can help you find a plot gap, or incomplete character prior to publishing to the masses. You can use these writing websites to find your Beta reader tribe. Keep them close and show them appreciation, they are worth their weight in gold.

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  • Wattpad is the biggest writer/ reader community
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  • takes the social media aspect of writing and takes it up a notch. Writers can write and publish their work on similarly to Wattpad, however, stories that perform well in terms of reader response, feedback, and engagement will be published in 3 formats:
  • The site is overall clean and easy to use, and growing every day. It doesn’t have as large a readership as Wattpad but it does feel like it’s a bit more modern, minimalistic, and overall cleaner than Wattpad.
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  • is one of my favorite sites, as it brings a different wrinkle to the online writer publishing platform options.
  • With  writers can create stories using images on the site. So you can literally bring your stories to life by adding photos and images to them.
  • This is a great way to really make your short stories come to life, and overall I think it creates a more engaging platform for readers, meaning your stories can get strong traction.
  • Even provides tools for educators to manage assignments for students.
  • They offer an opportunity to grow your career and market your work if your stories attract a large readership
  • They are also launching a Beta Partnership opportunity by invite only right now
  • Definitely, a good place if you’ve like to practice writing short stories or children’s books

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  • gets you to unravel the truth about why you aren’t where you want to be
  • keeps you writing through weekly thought-provoking quotes and prompts.
  • This site allows users to create surveys and stories.  It’s very well categorized which makes it easy to navigate.
  • Quotev is a great place if you would like to read or share fan-fiction. It’s not exclusively fan-fiction but there is definitely a large amount of work that genre

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  • Great for short stories and fan-fiction
  • Overall very fun lay out, if you want to get away from the seriousness of your writing, this can be a great site for a bit of whimsey.
  • Easy to navigate and well categorized
  • Very strong Chat and community functions make for a great user engagement

6. Alter Stories 

  • This is the most unique concept of all the writers publishing websites.
  • It focuses on collaboration to create stories
  • The initial writer can come up with a story idea and write the first few hundred words
  • Readers that enjoy the story can then pick up the story and write what happens next
  • This is not a place if you are control freak or even Type A personality, but if you want to see where the collaborative brainstorming can take your story concept, this might be the place.
  • Won’t really get continuity of writers voice through a story since it is being written my multiple people at one time
  • A for originality

7.  SwoonReads

  • Readers/audience reaction to your story determines if you potential gets traditionally published with Macmillan – Think Americas got Talent for authors
  • Stories that are selected for publishing will get in house resources to publish their book
  • You can use the app or website to read and write
  • Restrictive as it only accepts Young and New Adult fiction
  • Only accepts full-length novels- no serials

Those are the 7 sites I would suggest writers check out if they are interested in sharing their stories online.

I hope this article is helpful. I know it took me a while to sort through all the different online publishing platform options. In the end, it doesn’t really matter which platform you pick if it helps to motivate your writing.

Pick a site or two and start reading the content of other writers. Interact with the community, and then start writing on the one that you feel matches your personality and content the best.  Remember you don’t have to share your main project on these sites either, they can act as a great outlet for a side project.

Look at these writing communities as a way to share and work on your craft, to get real time feedback, while cultivating an audience.

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11 Best Websites College Students Should Know for Writing Essays

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As a college student, your priority is to submit your essays and other assignments of the topmost quality, and turning an average, or a good essay into an outstanding one requires the use of effective tools and websites.

These online tools make the process of writing an essay much easier, helping you get better grades from your professors . Some students may not be gifted with perfect writing skills and would need some help to overcome their essay writing woes.

If you’re one of them? This article is for you as we list the 11 best websites every college should know to simplify the essay writing experience.

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11 websites college students can turn to for writing essays.

Multiple writing tools are available online, which students use in their college life, and yet it always gets a little intimidating to pick the right ones for your assignment.

So, to make it easier, we have categorized a comprehensive list of online tools and websites college students should know for writing stellar essays .

1. Grammarly

Grammarly is a popular online tool and is a lifesaver for college students for rechecking and improving all academic papers for grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, typos, punctuation misses, active and passive voice usage, and even the clarity of the content in the document.

These important features are available in the free version whereas the premium version has many more features that include checking for plagiarism, writing style, vocabulary, sentence structure, and other advanced suggestions.

Grammarly can be used as an extension on Chrome that can directly show you the errors that are being made and provide you with an alternative word/sentence or a correct phrase or even tell you to edit out redundant words and. This can also be used in Google Docs and MS Word.

Since there are so many necessary features in the free version, college students love to exhaust this tool completely for their essay writing.

2. Hemingway Editor

Similar to Grammarly, Hemingway Editor is an excellent editing website for proofreading and checking for grammatical mistakes.

It guides you to identify advancements that can be made on your paper as well as highlights difficult-to-understand sentences, or lengthy and wordy paragraphs and gives alternative phrases or words to use that can shorten or simplify the text for your readers.

When pasted on Hemingway, your paper will be divided into color-coordinated errors that, when hovered over can show you their correct utilization.

It segregates the content into the use of adverbs, passive voice, complex words, sentences that can be shortened, sentences that can be paraphrased, etc., and has a fix for each of these mistakes.

To have a well-researched and data-driven essay, JSTOR is the perfect online library of resources that college students can use to find relevant information and other related materials for their essays, to get better grades.

In JSTOR, students can find online books, journals, research papers, articles, and other primary sources. Most of these resources are peer-reviewed and that's why they are credible sources of information that can be used to base your evidence and arguments.

Students can surf this online tool and identify resources that can be useful for their essays, but most of the articles and journals present on JSTOR need to be bought.

In case you have a membership in which you are required to pay a fee, you can access a good list of these resources free of charge.

4. BibMe Citation

Every college needs its students to cite their academic papers, essays, and assignments accordingly, and create a detailed bibliography without fail, so there is no chance of any kind of plagiarism involved. This tool allows you to choose from a variety of citation styles that include APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian style.

Creating a bibliography for your essays can always be a chore. Using BibMe makes the entire process of citing each source that you’ve used into a specific style a lot easier and hassle-free.

To check if your citations are placed correctly, all that you need to do is paste your paper in the text box provided and it instantly starts checking for your citations. It also helps create an entire bibliography in the required format with accurate citations on it.

5. Evernote

Need to organize all your thoughts in one platform? Evernote comes to the rescue.

In times today, people mostly write their notes on laptops, tablets, or smartphones and rarely use a pen and paper to write down their thoughts and ideas. It is a popular note-taking app and is effective for organizing your content . It is also a must-have tool for college students to use for writing essays and other academic papers.

Evernote can be used to dump all your ideas that come to mind so that you can pick the relevant ones out when you need to start writing your paper. Additionally, you can also add images, videos, and voice memos that you wish to include in your essay.

Evernote further organizes types of content, like PDF documents, dialogue snippets, location images, etc., into separate categories for easier accessibility.

6. Writers Per Hour

No points for guessing, but we’ll start with our website, Writers Per Hour.

Whether you’re not confident about your writing skills or have too much on your plate, Writers Per Hour comes to your rescue when it comes to writing essays.

We work with a team of professional writers who guarantee plagiarism-free , high-quality essays written from scratch. When you outsource your essay writing needs to us, you can be sure to get the essay you want when you want it.

What’s more, with excellent customer service around the clock, we aim to make the entire process as smooth as possible.

7. Google Docs

Google Docs is a free online writing spreadsheet that can be used to write your content and to share or give access to another person to edit and comment at any time.

Google Docs autosaves your writing, so you don't have to worry about continuously clicking on the ‘save’ button. It is also used to collaborate with other writers or for a group project and can be worked on in real time. You can have multiple people working on the same document at the same time, using different modes of technology.

Since this is a Google app, anyone who has a Gmail ID can get access to your document once you share it with them. It is a very simple and user-friendly tool for college students and is the most used among writers of all kinds.

Brainstorming and organizing ideas for your essay is challenging but is also very crucial because it is important to identify and lay out all the arguments and points that you want to include in your write-up. This is best done using a mind map tool that can visually showcase all your ideas in one chart - Coggle.

Coggle includes amazing features such as:

  • collaborate with fellow classmates in real time;
  • get unlimited public diagrams;
  • drag and drop an unlimited number of images right from your desktop;
  • add multiple starting points to the same project;
  • look through the previous versions, and identify the changes made.

Researching your essay topic can get overwhelming.

You would probably have multiple windows and tabs open on websites and reading materials that you need to take references from.

Memonic allows its users to bookmark each of these specific references and organize them into tags, folders, or groups. The user can pick one of these tags for researching a specific argument.

This tool has free and premium versions and also includes multiple discounts for high school and college students.

10. DupliChecker

DupliChecker is one of the most effective tools for detecting plagiarism in all types of academic writing.

It is free of charge so that means even if you use it once or regularly, you don't even have to pay anything for even subscribing to the tool. It has got a simple but functional layout and has got a very user-friendly interface, which always gets the job done right.

To use this tool effectively, you can copy-paste your text in the required field or upload a document or a text file to check for plagiarism.

11. Studyfy

The thesis statement has got to be one of the most important portions of essay writing. Drafting accurate and relevant thesis statements brings all the meaning into the essay’s content, and that’s why tools such as Studyfy are so primal for college students.

Studyfy helps in generating appropriate thesis statements that are relevant to the assigned topic and ties all the points in the essay back to the thesis statement. It can work on any kind of essay, be it argumentative, compare and contrast, and more.

Other than this, Studyfy also checks for grammar, plagiarism, and spelling helps summarize essays or paragraphs, etc.

No matter how difficult or complex your essay assignment may be or how amazing you are at writing, there is always scope for using guidance and improving your skills.

These useful online tools can do that job very well as they are convenient, and reliable and can take a big weight off of the students, who are confused, overwhelmed, need assistance, or just want to use it to further hone the content in their essays.

Take advantage of our list of the 11 best websites college students should know for writing essays to make getting top grades for your writing assignments a breeze every single time.

Last edit at Dec 25 2022

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Best Essay Writing Services

It’s no secret that writing essays can be a challenging task for many students. Whether it’s for a college application, a scholarship, or a class assignment, you’ll need to produce high-quality and original work.

But what if you don’t have the time, the skills, or the motivation to write your own essay? That’s where essay writing services come in. They can handle all types of academic papers, from essays and research papers to dissertations and case studies.

From ExtraEssay , our top pick for the best essay writing service, to a few other worthy mentions, we will review some of the best essay writing services in the market to get you the results you are looking for.

Best Essay Writing Services: Quick Look

  • ExtraEssay – Best essay writing service overall
  • Grademiners – Best quality essay writing service
  • EssayPro – Best homework assistance essay writing service
  • Finest Essay – Best turnaround time essay writing service
  • Dissertation Guru – Best UK essay writing service
  • Master of Papers – Best research paper essay writing service
  • Educibly – Best budget essay writing service

1. ExtraEssay – Best Essay Writing Service Overall


  • Easy ordering functionality
  • Available in English and Dutch
  • Plagiarism free guarantees
  • Wide variety of services on offer, including reports and presentations
  • Value for money
  • A plagiarism report costs $7.99 extra
  • 15% editors’ fee
  • Native English writers cost 25% extra

If you are looking for the grand-daddy of essay writing services, you cannot go wrong with EssayExtra. It is a well-designed service that consistently produces the best quality content for every high school and college student to undergraduate, Master, and Ph.D. levels.

What We Like About EssayExtra

The user interface is extremely easy to use, and there is a quick quotes function that makes it easy to see what you can expect from a capital layout perspective. There are also a few guarantees in place so students can rest assured that they are getting the best value for money.

There are many different services on offer, and if you need help with reports, presentations, or even such menial things as a resume and cover letter, EssayExtra has everything you need to succeed. It is especially useful that the service is available in both English and Dutch so that international students can also take advantage of their offering.

The pricing guide is fair , and they have plotted the time frames according to cost, which is helpful. Their turnaround times versus cost are excellent, and you can get a Ph.D. level report in 24 hours for as little as $40/$42 per page.

Things We Didn’t Like About EssayExtra 

While it seems to be the norm, it is frustrating that some vital aspects of essay writing are not included in the original cost. For example, there is a 15% extra editor’s fee if you want your work overseen by an editor, and should you wish to have a plagiarism check, you need to pay an additional $7.99.

Another aspect we are not really into is that it is extremely difficult to get a refund. It is possible but only under extreme circumstances, which is frustrating as any company that stands by its work, should be more open to offering refunds in the rare instance that the customer is unsatisfied with the work.

EssayExtra Ranking: 4.9/5

Quality: 4.9/5

The overall quality of the work produced by the EssayExtra writers is exceptional. Whether for high school or Ph.D. level work, the presentations, essays, and reports are meticulously researched and very well presented.

Turn Around Time: 5/5

EssayExtra is as good as its word. If it says your work will be done in 24 hours , it will get done in 24 hours. Obviously, the longer you allow for the writing process, the higher the quality of work, but the main asset is that they adhere to their turnaround times with expert precision.

Cost: 4.8/5

We firmly believe in the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” So EssayExtra may not be the cheapest essay writing service out there, but it is value for money when you consider the quality of the work you are getting.

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2. GradeMiners – Best Quality Essay Writing Service


  • Free plagiarism checker
  • Native English writers
  • Limitless revision request options
  • A wide variety of services are on offer, including proofreading and lab reports
  • 24-hour phone support
  • Excellent payment options
  • No pricing guide with turnaround times
  • Slightly higher cost than the average essay writing service

GradeMiners is a reputable essay writing service that offers much more than just run-of-the-mill essay writing. They have an extensive service offering, including movie reviews, nursing papers, and math problems .

What We Like About GradeMiners

There is a lot to like about GradeMiners. Firstly, they have paid close attention to the quality of their offering, so you are guaranteed to have a native English-speaking writer with a Master’s degree working on your project.

We also love that there are several free services, such as plagiarism checks, citation generators, and title page generators . The produced work is also pre-edited, so you do not have to look for an editor once your work is delivered.

Getting a refund from GradeMiners is relatively easy, which puts our minds at ease regarding the quality of their work. They also have deadlines of 1 hour which are incredible, so if you are in a crunch, GradeMiners will have your back.

Things We Didn’t Like About GradeMiners 

While there is a quick quote generator, there is no pricing guideline with turnaround times to show what you are looking at cost-wise for the project. You must be content with fiddling with the quick quotes function, which is a little annoying.

Additionally, the quick quotes calculator is unrealistic when it comes to project size and turnaround times, but we have yet to test this function to see if it is fully possible.

We are also surprised that a company of that size doesn’t offer services in other languages, although they have an Arabic website for their Middle Eastern students.

GradeMiners Ranking: 4.9/5 

Quality: 5/5

GradeMiners delivers flawless content. The quality of their delivery is exceptional, and you would be hard-pressed to find another organization that can match their service for the quality of their writing and overall service delivery.

Turn Around Time: 4.8/5

As mentioned earlier, some of their turnaround times seem slightly unrealistic. For instance, you can get a 21-page Ph.D. level essay in 24 hours, according to their site. That just doesn’t seem realistic, but we have yet to test this out fully. So who is to say if it is possible or not?

In general, however, GradeMiner is as good as its word, and you can expect your articles to be delivered in the agreed time without any issues.

GradeMiners is not the cheapest essay writing service out there, but they could easily be considered one of the best quality, and therefore, their prices reflect that. They are also by no means the most expensive, so you are getting fantastic value for money.

>>Check the best prices for GradeMiners here

3. EssayPro – Best Homework Assistance Essay Writing Service


  • Provides a range of homework services such as Maths and Physics assistance
  • Easy user interface with a “meet the writer’s” function
  • Trusted brand with more than 10+ years in operation
  • Dedicated downloadable app on offer
  • Excellent minimum turnaround time of 3 hours
  • Unclear pricing information with no quick quotes option
  • Less suitable for Ph.D. level students

If you are looking for an essay writer, you may also be looking for assistance with your homework in general. EssayPro offers a few custom services, such as homework assistance in the fields of Mathematics and Physics , as well as their usual range of report, presentation, and essay writing services.

What We Like About EssayPro

EassayPro has been around for more than 10 years, and they have built a strong reputation and a client base of over 1.5 million. That definitely shows that they offer a quality service, and customer feedback is extremely positive.

We love that they offer homework assistance and the more general services one can expect from a traditional essay writing service. You can pick your own writer from a dashboard of professionals, which is a nice touch. You can discuss every angle of your desired outcome with your writer before they accept the bid.

Things We Didn’t Like About EssayPro 

There are no quick quotes functions or pricing guidelines at all, and the three-step pricing system is outdated compared to some of the other essay writing services.

We are also not massive fans of the fact that their work is not suitable for Ph.D. level students. That being said, they advertise their services to this level, but we don’t feel it is a suitable fit.

EssayExtra Ranking: 4.8/5

Quality: 4.8/5

You cannot question the quality of EssayPro’s work. Their writers are all native English speakers from the US, Canada, the UK, or Australia with bachelor’s degrees or higher. There are also built-in free services, such as plagiarism checkers, so you know your work is custom and of excellent quality.

Turn Around Time: 4.9/5

EssayPro advertises that they can deliver within 3 hours, and that seems like a bold claim, but they understand what is possible and what is not. You cannot expect a 10-page dissertation in three hours, but you can easily get a decent admissions essay in that time.

Cost: 4.9/5

Despite not having clear costing structures advertised for easy access on their website, EssayPro performs well in the costing ranking as their work is value for money when considering the quality and turnaround time versus the cost you pay.

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4. Finest Essay – Best Turnaround Time Essay Writing Service

Finest Essay

  • Excellent turnaround time
  • Easy, quick quote functionality
  • 15% discount for first-time users
  • Wide variety of services on offer, including admission essays and presentations
  • Website is a little too simplified
  • Quick quotes calculator is difficult to find
  • Plagiarism checks are an extra cost

If you are in a bind and need your work delivered in record-breaking time, Finest Essay should be at the top of your list. But fast work is not their only advantage. They also offer excellent quality work on various topics and experience levels.

What We Like About Finest Essay

Everything is simple at Finest Essay. They have gone out of their way to make things as easy as possible. We also love that Finest Essay caters to the broad spectrum of expert levels as well as many fields of expertise, such as psychology and even animal husbandry and sports science .

Everything from the ordering, communication, and payment process is simplified for customer satisfaction, and we especially love that they have some of the best turnaround times in the industry.

Things We Didn’t Like About Finest Essay 

Their website and FAQs section is perhaps a little too simplified, as not all the information you need is available. However, they do have excellent 24-hour assistance, so this is not the worst thing to report.

We are also not great fans of the fact that plagiarism and editor’s fees are extras, but that is to keep the initial costs low. That being said, their prices are not that low, to begin with. We would peg them as a medium-range service price-wise.

Finest Essay Ranking: 4.9/5

When it comes to the quality of its papers, there are no major concerns, and the work we have encountered has been excellent. When you couple their quality with their sensational turnaround times, that’s when you start to appreciate how excellent Finest Essay really is.

The best turnaround time in the business. A 1-page essay can take as little as an hour, and a research paper can be completed in an astonishing 24 hours, depending on the depth of expertise required.

Considering their turnaround times and quality, the cost of the Finest Essay offering is reasonable and, some would say, cost-effective. Other cheaper options are out there, but not at the same turnaround time and quality.

>>Check the best prices for Finest Essay here

5. Dissertation Guru – Best UK Essay Writing Service

Dissertation Guru

  • 70% discount on the first order
  • 24-hour customer support with a helpful chat option
  • Experts in Engineering, law, and politics
  • Wide variety of writing services on offer
  • Specialist MBA writing offering
  • No cost indicators anywhere on their website
  • Website is dated and overly simplified
  • Not all of their writers are native English speakers

Dissertation Guru is one of the best quality essay writing services and a stand-out winner in the UK. If you are British or from an Antipodean country and need British English papers delivered, Dissertation Guru is your service of choice. They are also foremost experts in the fields of law, engineering, and politics .

What We Like About Dissertation Guru

The high-quality focus on engineering, law, and politics is a big plus, and they also offer tailor-made MBA services. This is a great side-step from the generalist services of most essay writing companies.

That is not to say they do not have the capabilities to help with other fields. They only have specialist writers capable of handling the more complex faculties. We also love that they have a handy chat service on their website.

Things We Didn’t Like About Dissertation Guru 

It is really frustrating when essay writing services do not put any price indicators or quick quote calculators on their sites. Dissertation Guru is guilty of this, and we are not great fans. A 24-hour chat service is available to answer your questions regarding quotes, but we would prefer price indicators.

Their website is also too simplistic and doesn’t answer many of our administrative process questions. As previously mentioned, there is a 24-hour chat service on call to assist when needed.

Dissertation Guru Ranking: 4.8/5

One of the finest quality essay writing services out there, Dissertation Guru is a sensational online service that produces some of the best essay writing the internet has available.

Turnaround Time: 4.8/5

As with all things high-quality, Dissertation Guru Focuses more on the quality of their content but is excellent at adhering to their turnaround times. You will not get anything much before 24 hours, but again, if you want quality, you should give them a little more notice.

When it comes to the cost, Dissertation Guru performs well. They offer a high-quality service for excellent prices. We got quotes for a few different projects and found their pricing competitive.

>>Check the best prices for Dissertation Guru here

6. Master of Papers – Best Research Papers Essay Writing Service

Master of Papers

  • Excellent research paper quality
  • Easy-to-navigate website
  • Fantastic online chat function
  • Great value for money
  • Services offered are slightly limited when compared to other sites
  • Writers are not all native English speakers
  • Prices quoted do not include VAT

While Master of Papers offers all kinds of services, their research papers are extraordinary. They also offer downloadable writing samples on the website , and have some of the highest ratings, with 4.8 out of 5 star rating on Trustpilot, and 4.6 on Sitejabbar.

What We Like About Master of Papers

There is a lot to like about Master of Papers. Their website is very well-designed and easy to use. It offers a simplistic quick quotes functionality, and it has a 24-hour live service attached to its website for any questions.

When it comes to the quality of the work produced, they offer a brilliant service, and we especially like that they are known for their research potential. Additionally, Master of Papers offers a free revision period, has an excellent refund policy and offers a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

Things We Didn’t Like About Master of Papers

We don’t like how the website sometimes has issues loading all the content. Additionally, we are also not mad fans of the fact that not all writers are English-speaking, and while they may produce great work for the price, one would expect native speakers.

Master of Papers Ranking: 4.8/5

You can expect decent, well-researched work from Master of Papers, with great overall quality. As previously mentioned, their research papers are particularly excellent, but they do a decent job of everything they produce.

Turn Around Time: 4/5

Master of Papers has a great turnaround time. They can produce anything at a deadline starting from 3 just hours, though it is best to give them some time for the best and most cost-effective work. Obviously, they keep to their deadlines.

Master of Papers is in the upper price segment of the market, and we think that is because they know that their research papers are of exceptional quality.

You don’t want to go as cheap as possible with something as important as school work, and fortunately, their work is good, so the higher cost is justified.

>>Check the best prices for Master of Papers here

7. Educibly – Best Budget Essay Writing Service


  • Value for money, low-priced offering
  • 24-hour customer support
  • Quick quotes functionality
  • Wide variety of services on offer, including lab reports and presentations
  • Easy chat communication platform
  • A plagiarism report costs extra
  • Quality check is an additional cost
  • Overly simplified website information

If you are looking for a cheap essay writing service that doesn’t compromise on quality, look no further than Educibly. They offer a basic essay writing service that depends entirely on your turnaround time, but the good thing is that they have kept costs to a minimum, but you can add extra services if needed.

What We Like About Educibly

There is a lot to like about Educibly, but the cost-effectiveness is probably what sets it apart from its peers. They are not the cheapest essay writing service out there, but they are the best value for money when it comes to a quality service that offers great prices.

We also love that all of their writers are Masters and Ph.D. level writers exclusively, so you know you are getting top-level expertise. You can choose your expert level, which will obviously affect the price you pay, but it is a nice touch.

Things We Didn’t Like About Educibly

We don’t like that plagiarism checkers and editor services cost extra, but that is probably to keep original costs as low as possible so we can understand it.

We also do not like that the quick quotes calculator is hidden at the bottom of the website. We definitely think it should be front and center of their landing page.

Educibly Ranking: 4.7/5

With such high-qualified writers, it is only a given that the quality of the work produced by Educibly is exceptional. Everything from their essays and reports to their thesis and dissertation projects is amazing, and they have a stone-clad quality guarantee.

Turn Around Time: 4.7/5

Educibly is a great option if you have a deadline, but you will get the best quality work if you give the writers some time to produce the work you want. They stick to their turnaround times well, and we have never heard any complaints.

For the quality of the work, their pricing is amazing. Just note that editor services, plagiarism checks, etc., are additional costs that can considerably increase the overall project’s value.

>>Check the best prices for Educibly here

Are Essay Writing Services Legal?

Yes, essay writing services are legal. The question, however, is whether it is ethical. While essay writing services have become more popular, many institutions frown upon the practice as students are supposed to be conducting their own research and essay writing. That being said, assignment help is safe and legit for students as long as your work is not plagiarized. 

How Do You Choose the Best Essay Writing Service?

It is important to do your own research and ask for recommendations, if possible. Many great services are out there, but not all are created equal. Check online reviews and ask for sample work. 

All reputable companies will be happy to provide you with references and work examples. But there are also a few other things you can look out for.

Let’s take a look at what else you can look for.

Company Reputation

It is critical that you choose a reputable company to work with. Many companies churn out Ai-generated content that is not fit for school purposes.

As mentioned above, look at user reviews on sites like Trustpilot and Siejabbar and get company recommendations wherever possible.

Some companies excel at research papers, such as Master of Papers , and others specialize in different faculty fields, such as Dissertation Guru . Do a little reading on their websites to get a feel for their expertise/fields.

Anti-Plagiarism Guarantees

The most important aspect of essay writing is not only ensuring great content, but it is ensuring that you are submitting excellent content that is 100% plagiarism free.

As such, you should always check that an essay writing service provides these guarantees.

Writing Quality

Make sure that you look at a few samples of a company’s work before commissioning them to write your essays. Every reputable company will be more than happy to provide you with writing samples so you can ensure their writing is up to scratch. Also, ask your chosen writer for a reference.

Never go for the cheapest option you can find, as there are many writing mills out there that churn out sub-par work automatically generated by Ai. Factoring in that quality takes time and costs money.

That said, you also don’t need to settle for the most expensive, as that does not necessarily translate to better quality.

Best Essay Writing Service: Benefits & Drawbacks

When it comes to essay writing services, there are several benefits and drawbacks that you should consider.

  • A well-researched and written essay can play a vital role in maintaining or improving your overall GPA. 
  • Essay writing services are time-effective, leaving you with more hours to concentrate on other aspects of your coursework.
  • You will learn from your essay either way. Whether you wrote the essay or not, reading through your essay will give you a deeper understanding of your coursework.
  • The cost of essay writing services can be high for some students. That said, the time it saves you and the grade improvement potential should always be factored into the cost.
  • Plagiarism is an ever-constant issue in the essay writing field, so make sure to check your work with reputable sites to ensure you are submitting original work.
  • Not all essay writing sites are created equal, and often students are handed poorly researched work with many spelling and grammatical errors. Be sure to choose wisely when it comes to choosing your service provider.

Best Essay Writing Service: FAQs

Here, we answer a few frequently asked questions about the best essay writing services.

Which Is the Best Essay Writing Service?

EssayExtra is our top rated essay writing service because it delivers high-quality content in excellent turnaround times for a reasonable price.

It also offers an easy-to-understand and well-laid-out website layout and design, and everything about the whole process is streamlined and efficient.

Where Do the Writers Come From?

Essay writing services hire writers full-time to perform the work functions of their clients. Many of the writers are English-speaking natives and almost always have university degrees.

While many writers come from the US, Canada, and countries like the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, there are a few great writers that come from India, Kenya, and the Philippines.

Best Essay Writing Service: The Takeaway

Whether you are looking to achieve your academic goals or impress your professors with your writing skills, there are a number of excellent essay writing services out there to suit your specific needs.

When it comes to the top essay writing service, we recommend you start with EssayExtra . They have a team of experienced and qualified writers who can deliver high-quality papers at affordable prices. While EssayExtra is our top choice, the other six companies on this list also have something special to offer.

We wish you the best of luck on your essay writing journey, and don’t forget to ask for samples and revisions if you are not satisfied with the quality of the paper.

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This post is part of a three-part series on referencing scholarly articles. You might also like:

  • 9 tips on How to find Scholarly Articles for Free Online ; and
  • Seven Best Essay Sources you should Cite

You’ve probably used one of these bad essay sources before. Hopefully, you’ve learned your lesson from teacher’s feedback.

Unfortunately, students can get a long way into their degree without learning which essay sources are no-go sources for essays. That’s because university teachers tend to be really bad at teaching students how to find credible sources in essays.

Before I get started, let me quickly answer two questions about what makes an essay source credible:

1. Credible vs Non-Credible Sources

Credible sources are:

  • Up-to-Date. Most of your sources should have been written within the past ten years;
  • Peer Reviewed. There’s only two sources that tend to be peer reviewed: journal articles and textbooks. Peer reviewed sources are ideal because experts on the topic have read over the sources and certified their quality, reliability and credibility.
  • Relevant. Even a good quality source needs to also be relevant to your paper’s topic: there’s no use using an excellent source that’s got nothing to do with what you’re writing about.

2. Why is it Important to use Credible Sources in Research?

These days the internet is awash with bad information. As a university student, you need to be able to show the skill of finding sources that are authoritative and methodologically rigorous. One of the top skills that your degree signifies is that you’ve got the skills to conduct high-quality research. You need to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Okay, let’s get straight into it. Here I’ve compiled a simple list of seven examples of unreliable essay sources which you should avoid referencing at all costs. These are sources that are not credible or reliable sources for essays.

1. Wikipedia

Okay, so here’s the deal. Read Wikipedia. Your friends do, your competitors do, and even your teachers do.

But remember three things:

  • It’s been written by anybody. Literally, anybody could have written it. You can go online right now and change the Queen’s Wikipedia page to whatever you like. So, you don’t know how good the source is. It could have been written by a high school student or an Ivy League professor. You just don’t know.
  • People change the details on Wikipedia pages all the time. You could be being pranked, lied to, or just getting really average information.
  • Wikipedia is a red flag to markers. This rule makes all the others irrelevant. The fact of the matter is that if your teacher sees the word ‘Wikipedia’ anywhere in your essay, your mark will plummet immediately.

Now, let’s get back to talking about what happens in real life: everyone reads Wikipedia. And it’s right the vast majority of the time.

What’s Wikipedia Good For? Wikipedia functions as a brief, accessible and easy-to-read introduction to a topic. Read it when you want to begin to develop an understanding of the topic. It’s a good source to go to if you don’t have a textbook at hand. But, find higher quality sources to cite in your essays.

Reading Wikipedia is not the end of your research process. You should always, after reading Wikipedia, jump onto Google Scholar and continue your search for credible essay sources . Find articles (or better yet, textbooks) that give general introductions to your topic. Read textbooks on the issue when you can: they were written to be readable by undergraduates. Journal articles weren’t.

By the time you’re ready to write about the topic, you probably have read 5 other more credible scholarly sources on the topic. Cite credible sources, not Wikipedia.

YouTube is used all the time by teachers.

This doesn’t mean you’re allowed to use it as an essay source.

The reason teachers use YouTube is that it’s a really engaging, useful way to deliver information. Teachers find it to be a useful way to teach hard-to-explain content. They are always on the search for usable, motivating texts that might both act as a stimulus for discussion and help students learn.

But YouTube videos in class are just that – a stimulus for discussion. They’re not supposed to be the ‘final word’ on a topic, or even an authoritative and credible essay source. Good teachers present YouTube videos in ways that are followed up with critique and analysis of the content within the video.

Resources used in essays are not like that. The resources you use in essays need to be academically vetted through a process called peer review . Textbooks and journal articles meet that standard. YouTube videos don’t.

3. Google Books

Okay, use the Google Books website. It’s excellent. I recommend you use it regularly to find good quality and credible textbooks. But be smart about how you cite Google Books .

Google Books is an excellent source for finding information from textbooks that are otherwise unavailable to you.

That’s because Google Books actually gives you a sneak peek into actual good quality textbooks. You can read full segments of the books, and if you’re lucky, they’re the exact book segments that you need to learn about your specific topic. It’s an excellent resource!

Use the ‘book preview’ section of Google Books to write your essays . Read the sections of textbooks that are available to you, and paraphrase and/or quote that information in your essays.

So, why is it not okay to reference Google Books previews?

Simply put, why would you reference the book as if it’s a website when you can actually reference the book as a book ?

Tip: Cite Your Google Book Previews as Books, Not Websites When you use Google Books to access information for your next essay, take the time to preview the inside cover of the book and extract the information needed to reference the book you’re previewing as a book .

Here’s an example of the difference between referencing a book as if you read it on Google books versus as an actual book. Both citations follow APA formatting:

The first citation (as a website) screams “I wrote my assignment purely through Google!” The second citation (as a book) says “I read books to conduct my research.”

Learn the rules of the game. The second citation looks better, is better, and will not throw up a red flag to your teacher. You’ll get better marks.

So next time you use Google Books, cite the book, not the webpage.

4. Essay Sharing Websites

A failable offense. This should never be used as an essay source.

There are websites out there that give you access to previous students’ essays.

There are also websites out there where you can pay someone else to write your essay .

The website is adamantly opposed to cheating. We believe in playing by the rules, and it’s our mission to teach you the strategies for working within the rules.

We do not, ever, condone using someone else’s intellectual property. This means we’re against the idea of copying a previous student’s essay, and we’re against paying someone to write your essay for you.

Unfortunately, I’m sure you’ve come across essay writing services in your time perusing the web.

Occasionally I have a student who’s done the lesser offense of looking up previous students’ essays on websites like the ones listed above. Then, they actually referenced the essays they read! Clearly, they don’t understand that this is a rule-breaker , and I usually arrange a gentle one-to-one tutorial with them to reinforce how much this is not allowed.

But, please, don’t reference websites that give you access to someone else’s essay . You’ll be in for a world of pain when you get your feedback. In fact, I’d recommend not ever even going onto these websites at all. It’s borderline, if not totally, cheating.

5. Famous Quotes from the Web

Inspirational quotes are rarely if ever, used well in essays.

Students will often cite Einstein, Nelson Mandela, The Bible, The Quran or other inspirational quotes in their papers.

They usually do this to open their essay.

Here’s a simple rule: If you found the quote from a website such as, or if the quote was found in fancy writing overlaying a mountaintop a forest scene, don’t use it.

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Quotes from the internet are far too often:

If the place where you found the quote doesn’t accurately reference the exact speech, book, or source of the quote – don’t use it. If you still really like the quote, try to read the original source text and see what the person was actually saying.

  • Taken out of context. Inserting one line of a famous speech doesn’t do that quote justice. We all know from political advertisements that political parties grab one phrase from Obama or Trump or Sanders or Clinton or whoever and use it to paint the opponent as a horrible human being. In other words, quotes can lie. That’s why you need to be able to insert any quotes in a way that involves detailed discussion and analysis of the quote. Inspirational, attention-grabbing quotes just don’t achieve this goal. Ask yourself: Did you actually read the page from the original source of the quote? Do you understand the surrounding paragraphs? What’s the quote in relation to?
  • Not relevant. It looks terrible when a quote is used in an essay that is not directly related to the essay topic. Nelson Mandela was talking about apartheid South Africa. If you’re not writing an essay on apartheid South Africa, don’t cite Nelson Mandela. Martin Luther King was talking about civil rights in the United States. If you’re not talking about civil rights in the United States, don’t reference Martin Luther King. Even if you are writing about civil rights in the United States, please analyze King’s quote! What was King’s perspective? Why was it important?

I do recognize that sometimes you do need to cite very famous people. Quoting the pope as an essay source might have its place in a religious studies class. Similarly, if you’re actually writing an essay on evolution, go ahead and cite Charles Darwin. But cite these authors in context.

Here’s a solution: Find a quote or reference to someone who was actually talking about the specific topic you are writing about. If you’re writing about teaching philosophy , don’t cite a quote about education by Nelson Mandela. Instead, cite a key author in the area of Education . If you’re writing about nurses’ bedside manner, don’t cite Jesus. Cite a key medical or nursing scholar.

Then, analyse the quote. What does it mean, and what’s its relevance to your essay topic?

6. Your Teacher

This one needs some explanation.

Don’t Cite Lecture Slides Firstly, the obvious: don’t cite your teacher’s lecture slides. Lecture slides are something the teacher either:

  • Slapped together on Sunday night in preparation for Monday’s lecture; or
  • Has barely edited in the ten years since they started teaching that lecture

I’m bracing for some angry emails from teachers about this statement. So I’ll caveat it by saying some teachers did those two things above.

Secondly, citing your teacher’s recent publications is cringe-worthy. Personally, I can’t stand it when my students reference my papers. Most teachers at respectable universities have written several academic papers and book chapters. When a student references my papers in their essays, I cringe. It feels a lot like the student is sucking up to me. It feels like they’re trying to buy marks through a sleazy complement.

There’s one time when you should cite your teacher: That’s when they actually assign their work as a test for you to read. I personally don’t do it because it feels like a teacher is blatantly self-promoting, or worse, self-admiring.

But, I get it. Sometimes a teacher wants their students to learn exactly the content in the exact way they wrote about it in a textbook or academic paper. Sometimes it is genuinely the most accurate and readable source to assign a student.

If the teacher has assigned the text that they wrote as a set reading, I would suggest that you go ahead and cite it as a key essay source. Otherwise, steer clear of referencing your teacher’s publications or lecture slides.

7. Information Blogs that Pose as Authoritative Websites

This is the most common one on the whole list.

In every field there’s a series of well-designed, engaging, and informative websites that every student reads:

  • In Psychology it’s;
  • In Education it’s;
  • In Literature studies, it’s Sparknotes.

Sparknotes, you got me through high school English. You marvelous, glorious, intelligent website.

Relegate Sparknotes,, and any other informative, excellent websites to the ‘Great source, can’t cite’ pile. Just like so many of the sources on this list, it’s great to read, but not great to cite. Sorry friends, you gotta go to Google Scholar and get journal articles and textbooks or you won’t be moving to the top of the class any time soon.

Have a brainstorm – what’s that great website that you go to in your field as a cheat sheet?

Can you Think of a Site Like this in Your Field? If you can think of any more websites like this that I haven’t mentioned, please tell me in the comments at the end of this page and I’ll add it to this list.

Here’s some advice: treat all these great topic-specific websites like Wikipedia. Read them. Often. Use them to develop a strong foundational understanding of the topic. But remember: they’re only websites. They’re blogs. Some person – probably very intelligent and accurate – has written that. Yet it hasn’t met the rigorous standards of academic peer review. No one’s checked to make sure they’re right. It could, for all you know, be someone with an opinion and an agenda.

That website – the one that’s informative and engaging and got you through your first year of university – is just like Wikipedia. Mine it for information, then go to Google Scholar and get an actual textbook or journal article to cite in your paper.

If you cite that website as an essay source, you’ll lose marks. Sorry.

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If you’ve referenced some of these essay sources before and are looking at this page thinking about how far you’ve come, well done!

Before I leave you, as usual, a quick recap of your essay sources you should never cite in an academic paper:

7 Bad Essay Sources to Avoid | Essay Guidance

  • Google Books
  • Essay Sharing Websites
  • Online Quotes
  • Your Teacher
  • Information Websites that aren’t News Sources

If you’re new to the university and are guilty of having used these essay sources recently, it’s time to stop! Each and every one of these essay sources will lose you marks instantly and you’ll never make it to the top of the class.


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20 Places You Should Be Sharing Your Content

Writing and publishing blog posts or articles on your own website isn’t good enough. Here are 20 more places where you can, and should, share your content.

Writing and publishing blog posts or articles on your own website is critical to generate qualified traffic.

Publishing informational content on a website blog, resource section, or

Content is everywhere today. It’s insanely competitive.

Did you know that over 70 million blog posts are published monthly?

If you’re going to gain any real traction, you need to look beyond publishing content on your website.

In addition to mainstream outlets like Medium, sharing your content on industry or niche platforms can also help it get seen by more people.

Think of sharing your content on other outlets like a megaphone: the more places you promote it, the wider the message will spread.

Ready to amplify your content and grow your website traffic and conversions?

Here are 20 places you should be sharing your content, from the mainstream to the niche.

Medium allows you to republish your existing blog posts (if you use their import feature, they even add a rel=canonical link), but you can also use this platform as a way to increase traffic to the full blog posts on your site.

This is the tactic DrumUp uses: they post snippets of full blog posts on Medium, and then direct users to the full article on their website.

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If you don’t want to syndicate the entire text of your blog posts, this might be a tactic to try.

If you’re getting good traction on Medium, you could mix it up by adding occasional exclusive Medium articles once you’ve built up your readership.

Reddit can be a worthwhile platform to consider for sharing content, but it needs to be done the right way.

Redditors are very conscious of brands attempting to “spam” subreddits with their own content, so this is usually best left to a few employees with active Reddit accounts who may occasionally share company blog posts once or twice a month.

These articles should be carefully chosen and provide real value to the users. It’s also possible for Redditors to view other users’ activity, so make sure that employees are using their Reddit accounts for more than just posting company blog posts.

Otherwise, they’ll be pretty easily found out and your company may get called out, which is never good on such an active platform.

3. LinkedIn Articles

Like Medium, LinkedIn allows you to syndicate blog posts on your personal LinkedIn profile as LinkedIn articles.

Although these articles currently don’t automatically add rel=canonical links, research has shown that Google isn’t flagging these as duplicate content (even though they show up on duplicate content search sites like Copyscape).

Because of their existing network on LinkedIn, many users have built up a strong subscriber base for their articles on the platform.

Users can choose to subscribe to users’ posts, meaning they will get a notification every time that user publishes something new.

This built-in alert system is a definite advantage over other platforms, especially since your blog readers don’t get alerts like that unless they subscribe to email notifications, which is a lot bigger commitment than checking a box to receive an in-platform notification on LinkedIn.

Promoting your content through email is an “oldie but goodie” tactic that still pulls major weight.

In addition to being much more loyal to your brand, email subscribers are 3.9x more likely to share your content via social media than visitors from other sources.

Email clicks are also usually higher than the CTR on social media posts as well – Campaign Monitor found that you are 6x more likely to get a click from an email than from a sent tweet.

The way you share your content on social media highly depends on what works best for your schedule and your users. It’s worthwhile to experiment to see what gets the most clicks.

Some companies or writers prefer to send out a new email every time a new post is published (which is usually automated in some way using an RSS feed and a service like Zapier or IFTTT), while others wait until the end of the week or month to send a newsletter of updates and the latest published posts.

The platforms above are the most useful for driving traffic. However, there are plenty of other platforms to consider based on the topic and format of your content.

5. BizSugar

This online community is for business owners and marketers interested in discussing growth and growth hacking topics.

Bizsugar have online events, free groups, and resources for their users like goal setting templates.


This is a slightly different format, but users can up- or down-vote content about WordPress.

The Dzone discussion board has over 1 million developers who share content and links on coding, cloud computing, and more.

8. Twitter Brand Accounts

If your article makes sense for your brand, consider adding your article to your sharing list for your Twitter brand accounts.

You can even schedule the article to be posted several times over a few months.

9. Twitter Personal Accounts

Twitter moves fast, so it makes sense to share your article, along with a great quote, in a few places on Twitter.

It is in your best interest to spread the shares out a bit so you don’t overwhelm your audience.

10. Twitter Chats

For a more targeted audience, look for industry-related Twitter chats and use their hashtags when sharing really high-quality content.

Use it sparingly: don’t spam the chat hashtag with every piece of content you write.

But it’s fairly common to see popular marketing hashtags like #seochat and #twittersmarter active even when the regular Twitter chats aren’t going on.

11. Personal Page on Facebook

This one seems obvious, but it is a place many people forget.

If you are concerned about spamming your family or friends who aren’t in the industry, consider creating a Facebook list for work folks. This way you don’t have to worry about confusing your Great Aunt Gertrude with a step by step guide to PPC.

12. Brand Facebook Page

Another sort of obvious one, but it shouldn’t be overlooked.

Grab a good quote from your content, make sure your image displays correctly and send it out – assuming it is relevant to your audience.

13. Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are still alive and well! Because many users are already using Facebook in their personal time, they are usually more active in groups.

Join a few industry-related groups and share your best content once a month, while also contributing to the group when possible.

Be sure to stay active as a member of the chat or group by answering questions, reading others’ content, and contributing genuinely to the group.

14. SlideShare

Creating really good content takes time.

One way to get the most mileage out of your content is by taking highlights and turning it into a presentation for SlideShare.

Just changing the format you present your content in can help reach a wider audience.

Quora has been around forever and is known as the internet’s premier question and answer website.

Users post a question, and users answer that question. Pretty straight forward.

But when you consider that a business or a representative can research what kind of questions customers are asking, and have a detailed blog post ready to answer it, it becomes a great opportunity.

Knowing what your audience is having a problem with can help give you great ideas for content that will drive traffic to your site.

For example, if everyone is asking for information about how to hang a picture on a wall, and you sell the best picture hanging nails ever, why not flex some of your expertise on the matter?

You get to personally answer a potential customer’s question while providing a handy link to your blog’s detailed explanation of it.

16. Growth Hackers

Most businesses want to scale up to take on more work and overcome new obstacles.

Growth Hackers is an online community of user-generated content that provides insights on any topic that can be done to increase your company’s size, revenue, customer base, lead generation, etc.

Every article is detailed and insightful to many different niche industries. Make your voice heard while shining a light on the many ways you are trying to grow your business. It is well worth it.

17. Flipboard

Flipboard is a neat app that condenses the internet into nice digestible bite-size blocks. They share content from every major publication you can think of, and they target it to the people who are looking for it.

Creating an account and posting your content to it is a great way to drive traffic directly to your blog. It is also a great way to keep track of industry insights, and even your own social media feeds.

What really sets this apart is its simplistic interface, which is backed by some serious clout, algorithmically speaking.

18. Scoop.It

Boasting organic traffic over two million monthly users, Scoop. It has become a powerhouse platform for marketers.

Offering content curation software, they help marketers find authoritative content in their industry, which can then be easily shared on social media.

You can post your content in the hopes that others will also see it and share it with their followers.

Everyone wants to share their content with the world, and this tool makes it easy. It is also a great way to come up with new topic ideas based on what is trending.

Another great content curation tool out on the market is Listly. With a web application and an official iOS app, it makes creating lists of content simple.

Once you have your lists created, you can publish them to your audience.

As an added benefit, it even allows your audience to cast a vote on the items on your list, providing you with more insight on what your audience values at that moment.

20. Business2Community

This site is a leader for professionally driven content distribution – a community of thought leaders, marketers, writers, etc. all coming together to share their insights and news under one roof.

This is an excellent place for a new writer to get their feet wet with public content. It is also a great place for in-depth and expert opinions on very specific business topics.

No one likes a self-opportunist who only seeks to share not engage.

When you are a valued member of an online community, whether that’s Medium or a Twitter chat, you’ll be much more likely to build strong relationships and become part of a supportive community that shares each other’s links.

Contributing to the Internet as a whole follows these same guidelines. Sites like Medium and LinkedIn have given us the opportunity to share our content and get it seen in front of more people, but don’t take advantage of that by sharing low quality, uninteresting content.

Megaphones can get tiresome after a while, so make sure to put down your self-promotional hat and participate in discussions regularly.

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A YouTuber was accused of plagiarism. His apology highlighted a larger issue among creators.

Harris Brewis, known as “hbomberguy” on YouTube, went viral after he posted a video in which he accused a handful of creators of plagiarism.

Two weeks after accusations of plagiarism rocked many in the YouTube community, a creator who was at the center of the controversy spawned even more backlash after he deleted an apology video within hours of having posted it.

James Somerton, a Canadian YouTuber known for video essays about queer literature, had over 330,000 subscribers before Harris Brewis, known as “hbomberguy” on YouTube, accused him and others of a repeated pattern of plagiarism in a four-hour video that has amassed over 10 million views. 

A large part of Brewis’ video focuses on Somerton — pointing out several instances in which he appeared to directly lift passages from other people’s articles, books and online posts or appeared to change and rearrange words to make them seem like his original work. Somerton — whose subscriber count dropped to 255,000 on YouTube — went silent online, hid all his videos from public view and deactivated his presence on Patreon, a platform where supporters could pay him monthly subscription fees from $20 to $100. 

But Wednesday, Somerton returned with a 34-minute apology video, which NBC News reviewed before it was removed. Other creators re-uploaded the video . Many online said Somerton’s apology fell flat — they pointed out that he never used the words “plagiarism” or “plagiarized.” He also didn’t describe the full extent of what he was accused of. Instead, he apologized for not always having credited authors and source materials — which he had already done when he was called out in the past.

“I tried to put, like, ‘this is based on this person’s research’ or ‘this person’s book,’ but I know now that wasn’t enough, and that wasn’t OK,” Somerton said in the video, which had been removed by Thursday morning. “There were a lot of times that stuff just got put in and there was no attempt at crediting anybody.” 

Plagiarism has become a widely recognized issue for creators and audiences — and the massive responses to both Brewis’ initial video and Somerton’s apology have underscored how many creators believe the problem can’t be easily remedied just with apologies. Some people want creators like Somerton to take more responsibility. Others argue that platforms should have stricter regulations to prevent the problem from happening at such magnitude. 

Neither Somerton nor Brewis responded to requests for comment Thursday.

In a note posted to his channel after he removed the video, Somerton wrote that he is “not in a healthy frame of mind to be posting anything online” and said he would “apologize properly and in detail” when he’s “mentally stable.” In the video and the note, he said he had been recently hospitalized.

YouTube, a Google-owned platform, has copyright and fair use policies that allow copyright holders to register complaints within YouTube’s system. A spokesperson for YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. 

A spokesperson for Patreon has previously told NBC News that it doesn’t have plagiarism-specific guidelines and would act on a creator’s account only in accordance with a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA. 

“We take intellectual property seriously,” Patreon said in an email statement this month when it was asked about Brewis’ video. “Because it is the creator’s work, we need the creator as the rights holder to file a notice of claimed infringement of their intellectual property. Although Patreon is not a body that determines the ownership or settles disputes, when we receive complete DMCAs from creators, we act on them.”

Before he deleted the apology video, Somerton had restored his Patreon account, which alarmed other YouTube creators , who spoke out urging people to cancel their subscriptions before they got charged again. When he deleted his apology, Somerton also deactivated his Patreon page again.

The responses from viewers, journalists and other YouTubers on social media were overwhelmingly critical toward Somerton’s apology. 

Jessie Earl, a YouTuber who also goes by Jessie Gender, wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that Somerton’s video felt “deeply emotionally manipulative.” Harris reshared posts on X urging Somerton’s Patreon subscribers to cancel their subscriptions. 

Harris’ video producer, Kat Lo, posted on X that it was “hard not to feel guilt” for Somerton’s suffering and that she would be watching the YouTube channel’s email to see whether Somerton reached out about giving money back. 

Gita Jackson, one of the journalists whose work Somerton is accused of plagiarizing, posted on X that Somerton owes everyone he plagiarized an apology — and that they hadn’t received one. 

In a phone interview in early December, Jackson said Somerton lifted quotations from interviews Jackson conducted for a Vice News article and used them in his video without crediting Jackson.

“This was so much more egregious than what I assumed it was going to be,” Jackson said. “It was wild to see this dude not just read my own words and my original thoughts, but to read the quotes that were the direct result of me doing boots-on-the-ground journalism.”

Brewis said in his video that he would give any money he made from ads that ran on his YouTube exposé to the creators who were plagiarized, who included journalists and writers. 

In his apology, Somerton praised Brewis for planning to give money to the original authors and said he would do the same if he restored his old videos to public view and made money off them again.

Kat Tenbarge is a tech and culture reporter for NBC News Digital. She can be reached at [email protected]

The Colorado Ruling Changed My Mind

The strongest argument for throwing Trump off the ballot is the weakness of the counterarguments.

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When I review divided appellate-court decisions, I almost always read the dissenting opinions first. The habit formed back when I was a young law student and lawyer—and Federalist Society member—in the late 1980s, when I would pore (and, I confess, usually coo) over Justice Antonin Scalia’s latest dissents.

I came to adopt the practice not just for newsworthy rulings that I disagreed with, but for decisions I agreed with, including even obscure cases in the areas of business law I practiced. Dissents are generally shorter, and almost always more fun to read, than majority opinions; judges usually feel freer to express themselves when writing separately. But dissents are also intellectually useful: If there’s a weakness in the majority’s argument, an able judge will expose it, sometimes brutally, and she may make you change your mind, or at least be less dismissive of her position, even when you disagree. Give me a pile of Justice Elena Kagan’s dissents to read anytime—I love them even when she’s wrong, as I think she often is. You can learn a lot from dissents.

Last night, I reviewed the three separate dissents in Anderson v. Griswold , the landmark 4–3 Colorado Supreme Court case holding that Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits Donald Trump from ever serving again as president of the United States. I had been skeptical of the argument, but not for any concrete legal reason. To the contrary, I believed the masterful article written by the law professors (and Federalist Society members) William Baude and Michael Stokes Paulsen had put the argument into play. And I had read (not to mention heard, at length, on the phone) and took quite seriously what my friends Judge J. Michael Luttig and Professor Laurence H. Tribe had to say about it here in The Atlantic —that the Fourteenth Amendment clearly commands, in plain language, that Trump never hold federal office again.

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Their points were strong. But much as I never want to see Trump near the White House again, I wasn’t quite buying them. The argument seemed somehow too good to be true. And frankly, from a political standpoint, it would be better for the country if Trump were thrashed at the polls, as I think he ultimately would be. There had to be a wrinkle. I just knew it.

But last night changed my mind. Not because of anything the Colorado Supreme Court majority said. The three dissents were what convinced me the majority was right.

The dissents were gobsmacking—for their weakness. They did not want for legal craftsmanship, but they did lack any semblance of a convincing argument.

For starters, none of the dissents challenged the district court’s factual finding that Trump had engaged in an insurrection. None of the dissents seriously questioned that, under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, Trump is barred from office if he did so. Nor could they. The constitutional language is plain. You can’t be president if you previously took an oath “as an officer of the United States … to support the Constitution of the United States” but “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against, or have “given aid or comfort to the enemies of,” that Constitution or the nation it charters.

Nor did the dissents challenge the evidence—adduced during a five-day bench trial, and which, three years ago, we saw for ourselves in real time—that Trump had engaged in an insurrection by any reasonable understanding of the term. And the dissenters didn’t even bother with the district court’s bizarre position that even though Trump is an insurrectionist, Section 3 doesn’t apply to him because the person holding what the Constitution itself calls the “Office of the President” is, somehow, not an “officer of the United States.”

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Instead, the three dissenters mostly confined themselves to saying that state law doesn’t provide the plaintiffs with a remedy. But that won’t help Trump. This case seems headed for the Supreme Court of the United States, which has no authority to make definitive pronouncements about state law. In Colorado, the Supreme Court of Colorado has the last word on that. And it now has spoken.

Yet even the dissenters’ contentions about state law made little sense . Chief Justice Brian Boatright argued that, while Colorado law requires its secretary of state to examine the constitutional qualifications of presidential candidates, it doesn’t allow her to consider whether they are constitutionally disqualified.

Nothing in the state statute suggests that’s the case, and it’s plainly illogical. Every qualification necessarily establishes a disqualification. If the Constitution says, as it does, that you have to be 35 years of age to serve as president, you’re out of luck—disqualified—if you’re 34 and a half. By the same token, if you’ve engaged in an insurrection against that Constitution in violation of your oath to it, you’ve failed to meet the ironclad (and rather undemanding) requirement that you not have done that.

Boatright’s suggestion that the insurrection issue presents something too complex for Colorado’s election-dispute-resolution procedures is equally unconvincing. Reviewing the tabulation of statewide votes can be complicated—remember those Florida “chads” in 2000?—but the courts have to get it done, and quickly. It’s hard to imagine that assessing the undisputed record of Trump’s miscreance presents any more complexity than that.

And no stronger is Justice Carlos Samour’s suggestion that Trump was somehow deprived of due process by the proceedings in the district court. This was a full-blown, five-day trial, with sworn witnesses and lots of documentary exhibits, all admitted under the traditional rules of evidence before a judicial officer, who then made extensive written findings of fact under a stringent standard of proof. Every day in this country, people go to prison—for years—with a lot less process than Trump got here. As for the expeditiousness of the proceedings, that’s in the very nature of election disputes: Recall, once again, Florida in 2000. And Samour’s suggestion that Trump was denied a fair trial because he didn’t have a jury is almost embarrassing: Any first-year law student who has taken civil procedure could tell you that election cases are not even close to the sort of litigation to which a Seventh Amendment jury-trial right would attach.

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The closest the dissents come to presenting a federal-law issue that ought to give someone pause comes in Samour’s argument that Section 3 is not self-executing—that it can’t be enforced unless Congress passes a law detailing how it can be enforced. The majority opinion, though, along with Paulsen and Baude and Luttig and Tribe, have disposed of that argument many times over. All you need to do is to look, as any good Scalia-like textualist would, to the words and structure of the Fourteenth Amendment.

True, Section 5 of the amendment gives Congress the power to enact enforcement legislation. But nothing in the amendment suggests that such legislation is required—that Section 3 (or any other prohibition in the amendment) has no teeth unless Congress implants them. To hold otherwise would mean that Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment—which contains the more familiar prohibitions against state deprivations of equal protection and due process—would likewise have been born toothless. Which would mean that, if every federal civil-rights statute were repealed tomorrow, states could immediately start racially resegregating their schools. That’s not the law, and thankfully so.

So the dissents showed one thing clearly: The Colorado majority was right. I dare not predict what will happen next. But if Trump’s lawyers or any members of the United States Supreme Court want to overturn the decision, they’d better come up with something much, much stronger. And fast.

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Why Do We Build Houses in the Same Way That We Did 125 Years Ago?

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Mr. Appelbaum is a member of the editorial board. He reported this story from Buena Vista, Colo. Mr. Bogusky is a photographer based in Boulder, Colo.

  • Dec. 18, 2023

In 1969, the federal government announced that it would hand out millions of dollars in subsidies to companies willing to try something new: build houses in factories.

Then as now, America was in the throes of a housing crisis. There weren’t enough places to live. Mass production provided Americans with abundant and cheap food, clothing, cars and other staples of material life. But houses were still hammered together by hand, on site. The federal initiative, Operation Breakthrough , aimed to drive up the production of housing — and to drive down the cost — by dragging the building industry into the 20th century.

It didn’t work. Big companies, including Alcoa and General Electric, designed new kinds of houses, and roughly 25,000 rolled out of factories over the following decade. But none of the new home builders long survived the end of federal subsidies in the mid-1970s.

Last year, only 2 percent of new single-family homes in the United States were built in factories. Two decades into the 21st century, nearly all U.S. homes are still built the old-fashioned way: one at a time, by hand. Completing a house took an average of 8.3 months in 2022, a month longer than it took to build a house of the same size back in 1971.

Federal housing policy in the decades since the failure of Operation Breakthrough has focused myopically on providing financial aid to renters and homeowners. The government needs to return its attention to the supply side. Opening land for development, for example by easing zoning restrictions, is part of the answer, but reducing building costs could be even more constructive. Land accounts for roughly 20 percent of the price of a new house ; building costs account for 60 percent. (The price of land is a larger factor in coastal cities like New York, but a vast majority of new housing in the United States is built on cheap land outside cities.)

The tantalizing potential of factory-built housing, also known as modular housing, continues to attract investors and entrepreneurs, including a start-up called Fading West that opened a factory in 2021 in the Colorado mountain town of Buena Vista. But Fading West, and similar start-ups in other parts of the country, need government help to drive a significant shift from handmade housing to factories. This time, there is reason to think it could work.

On a windy morning last month, I watched as wooden platforms the size of train cars moved down the Fading West assembly line, advancing to a new station every few hours as workers added walls and windows, wiring and insulation, dishwashers and cabinets. The finished boxes are trucked to building sites and swung into place by cranes. Houses consist of two to four boxes. Once they’re knitted together, the result looks like a traditional home.

Charlie Chupp, the chief executive, previously ran a company that built and shipped all the pieces of new stores for Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels and other restaurant chains. Fading West is seeking to apply a similar model to building homes and apartments. “We see ourselves as being in manufacturing, not construction,” says Eric Schaefer, a former pastor who is now the company’s chief evangelist, bending the ear of politicians, reporters and developers about the potential benefits of mass production — and the changes necessary to support it.

Final assembly happens so quickly that it almost seems like a magic trick. In Poncha Springs, a town 30 minutes south of Buena Vista, I watched as a crane swung a 19,894-pound box over a concrete foundation. A worker on each corner checked the fit while two more waited in the basement to connect it to the foundation. As it was secured, a truck arrived with the next box.

The team of eight workers has sometimes assembled four houses in a single day.

Joanna Schwartz, the chief executive of Quartz Properties, which is using Fading West’s boxes to build the homes, said buyers sometimes come to see the show. “They didn’t have a house in the morning and then in the afternoon they can walk through it,” she said.

Fading West says houses from its factory can be completed in as little as half the time and at as little as 80 percent of the cost of equivalent handmade homes, in part because the site can be prepared while the structure is built in the factory. A 2017 analysis by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, found similar savings for the construction of three- to five-story apartment buildings using modular components.

Factory building has other advantages, too. It can reduce waste, maintain higher standards of consistency and produce homes that are more energy efficient. It is not subject to rain delays.

It also offers a solution to the home-building industry’s growing problems finding enough qualified workers, especially in high-cost areas. Manufacturers like Fading West can build where labor is cheaper and then ship homes to the places where people want to live.

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But there are good reasons modular housing has remained the next big thing for a long time.

One basic problem is that houses are large objects, and unlike cars or airplanes, they are not designed to move. The result is that the savings from factory production are partly offset by the cost of transportation. (Some companies reduce transportation costs by shipping homes in smaller pieces, an approach pioneered by Sears and other retailers of “build your own home” kits in the early 20th century, but that just shifts the cost from transportation to assembly.)

The volatility of the housing market is also a problem. Traditional home builders rely on contract workers who are easily dismissed during downturns. Factory builders, which have high fixed costs, tend to go bankrupt. Housing downturns have ended a long line of ambitious and well-funded efforts to create the Model T of the housing industry. In 2006, on the cusp of the most recent housing crash, factory builders produced more than 70,000 homes . Since the crisis and the resulting wipeout, annual production has not exceeded 30,000 houses.

Neither volatility nor transportation costs might matter if factory home builders could match the efficiency gains found in other kinds of mass production. Brian Potter, a senior infrastructure fellow at the Institute for Progress, a nonpartisan think tank focused on technological innovation, gives the example of the Ford Taurus. Experimental models of the 1996 Taurus were built by hand, which cost almost half a million dollars per car. The car eventually retailed for less than $20,000.

Factory home builders have struggled to streamline construction. Mr. Potter spent several years looking for ways to make housing construction more efficient, an effort he narrated on a fascinating blog , before concluding that significant progress wasn’t likely. “Almost any idea that you can think of for a way to build a single-family home cheaper has basically been tried, and there was probably a company that went bankrupt trying to do it,” Mr. Potter told me.

I think the history of the auto industry provides reason for more optimism. One lesson is that progress requires production at scale. There are a handful of car companies that each make millions of cars, and hundreds of home builders building a few hundred homes a year. Fading West, which aims to produce as many as 1,000 homes a year, says that isn’t enough to justify investments in automation.

Efficiency gains also come from doing the same thing over and over again, but the idiosyncrasies of local building codes make that impossible. In Colorado alone, by Mr. Schaefer’s count, there are more than 300 distinct building codes, requiring adjustments for each new batch of homes. Fading West found that it had to use different roof designs for homes headed to the city of Fairplay and to a development just outside the city, because the county has stricter snow load regulations.

A sequel to Operation Breakthrough could help the industry overcome those challenges. The Canadian government’s Rapid Housing Initiative is providing support for large-scale modular manufacturing by setting tight construction deadlines for affordable housing projects that obtain government funding, an approach the United States could emulate on an even larger scale.

The government also can push for the standardization of building materials and building regulations. Herbert Hoover, the great champion of industrial standardization, who during his years as commerce secretary in the 1920s worked successfully to establish uniform rules for products such as paving bricks, milk bottles and blackboards, argued that establishing consistent standards was the nearest thing to a free lunch. It would increase productivity, benefiting companies, workers and customers. Florida and California will always have somewhat different building codes, because hurricanes and earthquakes pose different challenges. But there is no reason for Colorado to have 300 different codes.

If it seems far-fetched that the government could revolutionize the home-building business, take a look at what sits on top of a growing number of American homes. The government has driven the spread — and driven down the cost — of solar panels through decades of investment and subsidies.

It’s time to pay similar attention to the buildings underneath.

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