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Is using an Essay Writing Service cheating?

Well, the simple answer is no. The service we offer is 100% legal, very legitimate and won't make you a cheat..

If you believe what you read in the media, then essay writing services are simply an "essay cheat's charter", but you should never take anything you read in the papers at face value! Read on and discover exactly what an essay writing service is and how, when used correctly, it is a valuable teaching aid and no more akin to cheating than a tutor's 'model essay' or the many published essay guides available from your local book shop.

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The actual reality about our essay writing service is...

It's how you use our model answers that matters.

Obviously, if you buy one of our model answers and hand it in to your university as your own work, that's cheating.

However, if you buy one of our model answers and use it as a learning aid, it's no different from using journals, newspaper articles, question-and-answer study books or, indeed, the past paper answers that your own tutor hands out in lectures or seminars. Then our service is not cheating at all and instead becomes a very powerful learning resource that's catered to your own topic.

What is a custom essay or dissertation?

A custom essay or dissertation is an academic paper that is written specifically for one person by an expert professional writer. Just as an haute couture suit is tailored for one individual, it is 'made to measure', written as the student requests and guaranteed not to be resold to anyone else. The best custom essay writing sites, such as, guarantee this with, in this case, a £5000 bond against any and all plagiarism. It is quite different from purchasing an essay or dissertation from an essay bank, as the essays that appear there are usually written by students, not professional experts, and may have been pre-sold - and indeed can be resold - to anyone.

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How to use our essays and dissertations legitimately:

If you use our writing services in the same way that you would use a journal, newspaper article, question-and-answer study book or past paper, there is absolutely nothing dishonest in what you are doing. Our service can be used honestly. If you do your own 100% original work and your own research, using our answer as a guideline, then this is no different from finding a journal article that deals with all the points you need to make in your essay.

We do understand that some students will use our work dishonestly. This is because there are many essay companies which permit students simply to pass off the work as their own, and so a minority of students confuses us with those companies and assume we offer the same service. We also know that because our work is 100% original and plagiarism-free, there is little we can do to regulate that misuse. We truly believe, however, that a student who uses our work properly - as a guideline for their own research and writing - will benefit from our service a great deal more than a student who just hands in the work as if it were their own - they're the real essay cheats!

Our service teaches you to write great essays, and you should not feel that you are acting at all dishonestly by asking for the help that you need, provided that you do use our service properly.

So why has this industry acquired a cheat service reputation?

Possibly because insufficient research has been carried out by the media and academic establishments as to how essay writing services are intended to be used. It was certainly never intended that custom written work supplied by us should be passed off as the student's own work by essay cheats. It would be very foolish, as well as morally wrong, for a student to do this as they would certainly be caught and punished. University tutors are not fools; they would instantly recognise the superior quality of the work a student has bought, just as they would if they copied from a guidebook, and the student who misuses the service still has to face examinations for the majority of their work - so how could it ultimately help to use custom writing in this way? This unfortunate assumption made by universities and the media is preventing honest students from taking advantage of an invaluable service freely and openly with academic approval.

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How can a student benefit from using an essay service?

A purchase from a genuine British company like can help a student to see precisely how an academic essay should be researched and written. It is much better than a generic guide because it is written with a specific customer's request as its prime directive.

Is using custom essay writing ever cheating?

Yes, if you try to pretend that the work is your own, but that is also true if (without a correct reference) you copy from, or paraphrase, a textbook or get a friend to write for you (which often happens).

Are custom essays writing services legal?

Of course they are legal - the provision of written help is a long established academic tradition and if they were banned then all published guide books would have to be banned, too. If an essay cheat chooses to misuse the service, it is not the fault of the custom essay writing company any more than the supplier of a textbook can be blamed if an essay cheat copies from it.

Where did custom essays originate?

The idea of the custom essay was pioneered as a professional service by Barclay Littlewood in 2003: the first of his companies was 'Academic Answers Limited'. Mr Littlewood's company ethos was to legitimise a business which had existed as an underground operation for a great deal of time with students falling prey to disreputable companies, mostly operating from outside the UK, which promised much more than they could ever deliver.

The company attracted a great deal of business and an equal amount of criticism because the honest intention of the company to provide students with guaranteed, authentic, British, expertly-written essays to be used by students as a model for their own work was misinterpreted by the media and academic institutions as a way for lazy students - the essay cheats - to succeed without effort. This was never the intention of the company and now that Mr Littlewood's business has expanded with growing demand to include flagship sites such as, the basic company intent remains the same: the provision of quality essays as a guide, not a licence to cheat.

So, should I use a custom essay writing service?

If you intend to use it correctly, as a guide on how to research and write your own essay, then certainly you should consider it, ensuring that you order from a reputable UK based company like However, you should never even think of passing off the custom written essay as your own no matter how tempting it might be. Essay cheats are always found out and you learn only one thing from the experience - not to do it again!

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How do you use our service fairly?

At UK Essays we pride ourselves on having policies in place to ensure that our services are used fairly and to prevent our work being used in an unfair manner.

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Will my university find out I've used this service?

We comply with the UK 1998 Data Protection Act, so we cannot tell anybody you've used our service unless we're required by law to do so.

If you've used our service correctly (in the way we demonstrated above) you should have absolutely nothing to worry about!

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