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Why Using Essay Examples Available Online Is Not Always A Good Idea


The internet is full of numerous different types of essay examples that you can look at for free online. While they can give you rough ideas and inspiration, online may not be the best place to look for what you need. If you are wondering why you shouldn't take complete advantage of these free resources, here are some points to consider:

  • Format Differences: The examples that you are looking at may not be the way that you are required to format your essay. Every professor is different and some prefer certain styles over another. If you are seeking out specimens online, make sure that they are in the style that you have been asked to submit.
  • Good or Bad: Since absolutely anything can be posted on the internet, there is really no way for you to be completely certain that the example you have chosen to peruse is any good. While it may seem wonderful to you, in reality it could be a bad example of work, leading to your essay possibly being rejected, or even given a failing grade if you choose to follow it.
  • Stuck in a Rut: Once you have examined examples online, it is extremely difficult to forget what you have seen. Even subconsciously, your brain will attempt to mimic the papers that you have read during your research process. If you have been following resources that are not correct, there is a high likelihood that you will write your own the same way.
  • Unprecedented Trust: In a nutshell, when you choose to review free online examples of essays, you are trusting that what you are reading, and possibly quoting, is accurate. When you decide to cite these works by other "students" in your own paper, it is a toss-up as to whether or not you have just ruined all that you have worked for. By citing sources that are not accurate, it becomes obvious that you did not put enough effort into the paper, and that you did not take the time to ensure the validity of the resources that you used.
  • Oldies but not Goodies: One of the worst things that you can do is to use sources that are so old, they are no longer relevant to the topic that you have chosen. Finding a publication date is not always an easy task, so stick to examples that prominently feature the date that they were published.
 

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