Writer Help Section

Welcome to the Academic Knowledge Researchers’ Help Section

As a researcher for Academic Knowledge, you need to make sure you’ve read and understood our contract and our policies contained on this website.

Latest Contract – View the latest contract here

This website provides a great deal of information and guidance on these policies.  Make sure you read it thoroughly before completing any brief.  You are obliged to check the website regularly for any updates.

About Us

Contacts

You can contact us by sending a message via the online messaging system, or you are welcome to give us a ring on the contact numbers below. We would highly recommend that you give us a call if the issue is an urgent one since on occasion, especially during our busy periods, we are unabl....

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Newsletters

Spring 2016

It is an exciting time for Academic Knowledge. All of us here at the company look forward to the coming few weeks with much anticipation, as the coming weeks are the busiest of the year; if there is ever a time to take on as much work as possible, it is now....

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Completing Work

Submitting Work

First Brief Guidance

This article is designed to provide guidance to researchers doing their first piece of work for us. We appreciate that this can be a daunting task, and so we’ve put together a range of articles that we think you’ll find helpful when completing the work. Writing a strong essay How many sources should I use?...

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About Quote For Work Zero Word Count Briefs

“Quote for work” (also known as ‘Zero Word Counts’) are different to regular briefs which just require you to bid on a fixed fee. If a ‘Quote for Work’ brief shows up on your Academic Knowledge dashboard, the length will say ‘not applicable’ and the fee will show as ‘Quote for work. This means that....

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Types Of Briefs

“Regular” briefs are the majority of orders we have on our system – traditional pieces with a specified word count. Regular briefs are generally the most straightforward; a large percentage of our orders are essay-style questions – discuss, explain, compare, contrast, summarise, reflect, and so on.....

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New Researcher Tips

The Importance of Meeting the Deadline The customer is guaranteed to receive the work on the due date set when the work is allocated. As a business, it is important that we meet deadlines in terms of our guarantees, and also our reputation. Put yourselves in a customer’s shoes and we’re sure you will see....

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Delivery Times

Each brief has a ‘Delivery Time’ e.g. “Standard – 5 Days per 5000 words”. This is the amount of time you are given to complete the brief, starting from the day after it is allocated to you (except those on 3 and 6-hour turnarounds). For example, if a brief is assigned to you on a Wednesday, it will be due....

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Quick Checklist For Preparing And Submitting Briefs

I have checked the word count for this piece and my document meets this word count I have checked the customer’s essential sources and used all of these I have checked the customer’s choice of referencing style and used this style (e.g Harvard, Oxford, etc) please see the style guide for different referencing systems....

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Word Count

The word count that the client has ordered appears on the new brief email (and your confirmation email if the work is allocated to you) as ‘length’. E.g. Length: “4750. You MUST write at least the number of words that the client has paid for. We allow a margin of just 1% under so if the order is 1,000 words....

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Writing A Strong Essay

There are four main areas which go into essay marking: structure, relevance, argument and evidence. Relevance means that your essay needs to answer the assigned question – not the topic, not a previous question. Essays are not asking for everything you know about a particular subject-area. They are asking for a specific, argued, analysed response....

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Different Types Of Essay Question

Different types of essays require different types of responses. Each type of question requires a different type of essay structure. Criteria of relevance are also applied differently depending on the question. Be sure to know what type of question you’re dealing with before trying to answer it. Causal essays Some essays ask about the causes....

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About Quote For Work Zero Word Count Briefs

Quote for work (also known as ‘Zero Word Counts’) are different to regular briefs which just require you to bid on a fixed fee. If a Quote for Work brief shows up on your Academic Knowledge dashboard, the length will say not applicable and the fee will show as Quote for work. This means that we’re looking for our researchers to quote....

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Submitting Amended Briefs Using Track Changes

Previous Policy We previously required all amended briefs to be submitted with highlighting (in red font) in order to show where changes have been made. The reason for enforcing such a policy is simply to allow our quality checkers to more easily identify where changes have been made and to also demonstrate this clearly to....

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How To Submit Your Work

When you have been allocated a piece of work you should start researching it as soon as possible. This will ensure that if there is anything that needs to be clarified it can be sorted in advance of the due date. Hopefully, everything you need to do will be clear in advance of starting the....

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Marking Work

A Guide To Marking Orders

Some of the briefs we offer are for marked work, rather than for custom research pieces. We aim to give students practical advice as to how they can improve their grade. We offer three types of editing work, more commonly referred to on Academic Knowledge as ‘assessment briefs’. These briefs involve clients sending their work....

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A Guide To Marking Essays

Academics usually assess essays intuitively. They don’t have a set of criteria they apply systematically. They just look at an essay and “know” what grade it should have. Although there are some differences among academics, there is broad agreement in most cases about essay standards. But most academics would have trouble telling you why they....

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A Guide To Quality Checking Work (External QCs)

Contents Introduction General guidance based on feedback for QC jobs Guidance on specific QC form sections Instructions Type Extra information Specific instructions Writing Word count Spelling and grammar Flow and signposting Structure and presentation Referencing Referencing style Formatting Quality Quantity Recency Authenticity Authority Overall comments on referencing Essential sources Standard Focus Critical/descriptive Conclusion Have they....

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Researcher Guidance On Our Services

Essay Writing Service

Essay Writing Service

This guidance is intended to help with Essay Writing Service orders. It provides some general hints and tips, as well as some more specific points related to different subjects.

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Law Advice style/Problem Questions

This type of essay is specific to law. These are the type of questions where you are presented with a factual scenario and asked to advise the parties on the legal implications.

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Report Writing Service

This type of order is a formal report on a given matter, normally styled as an official document – often used for business and management subjects, but can be also be apparent across other subjects, too.

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Coursework/Assignment Writing Service

The coursework/assignment writing service can offer a lot of variety in terms of the content expected.

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Essay Skeleton Answer Service

An outline or skeleton answer is a detailed plan for an essay which will outline the structure and content of an essay in order to create it fully later.

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Dissertation Writing Service

Empirical Dissertation/Thesis Writing Service

This guidance is intended to help with dissertations that deal with empirical data and have a heavy emphasis on the methodology used to obtain such data.

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Law Dissertation/Thesis Writing Service

This guidance is to help with dissertations which are focused on Law subjects. We also have guidance for other types of dissertations which you may find useful.

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Arts and Humanities Dissertation Writing Service

This guidance is intended to help with subjects related to Arts and Humanities. These types of dissertations are commonly associated with subjects like English Literature and Philosophy, to name just a couple.

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Systematic Literature Review

This guidance document is intended to help with dissertation orders that require a systematic literature review approach to the collection and analysis of secondary data.

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Literature Review Service

This guidance is intended to help with literature review orders. This guidance can help with both standalone literature review orders and literature reviews which are part of a larger project, such as a dissertation.

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Dissertation Proposal Service

Empirical Dissertation Proposal Service

This guidance is intended to help with dissertation proposals for dissertations that will deal with empirical data and have a heavy emphasis on the methodology used to obtain such data.

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Law Dissertation Proposal Service

This guidance is intended to help with dissertation proposals that have a focus on law. We also have guidance for other types of dissertation proposals which you may find useful.

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Arts and Humanities Dissertation Proposal Service

This guidance is intended to help with dissertation proposals that are focused on Arts and Humanities subjects. We also have guidance for other types of dissertation proposals which you may find useful.

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Research Project Proposal

This guidance is intended to help with research proposals. These are commonly found in science subjects, but can also apply to other disciplines as well.

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Topic with Titles Service

This is a service where a client will typically give you a subject area and ask you to generate dissertation titles along with a description of what the dissertation would focus on and why it should be focused on.

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Exam Revision Service

Exam revision orders can often be similar to model answers as provided for the Essay Writing Service; however, in some cases, clients will order revision notes on topics they have studied over the year to help them revise.

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Reflective Practice Service

Reflective writing is a way of processing practice-based experience to produce learning. There are two key features that a reflective essay will focus on...

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PowerPoint Presentation Service

This is a service where a PowerPoint presentation will be created for the client based on the number of slides that the client specifies in their order requirements, and will be focused on the topic they specify.

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Payments, Invoices and Penalties

When Do I Get Paid

Invoices are generated automatically by our system on the 15th of each month. You’ll see an automatic invoice appear in your log-in area underneath the Payments tab from 4pm (GMT) onwards. Our invoice dates operate from the 15th to the 15th of each month. The cut off time for each month is 4pm. For example....

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Early Bird Scheme

You’ve heard about our lateness penalties and, no doubt, you’re not a fan of these – neither are we! We’d much rather deliver your work to the customer on time and get their repeat business. Fortunately, very few of our researchers face such penalties as most deliver on time, without fail. But now, when you....

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10% Requested Researcher Bonus

It’s important for us to reward writers who bring in repeat custom for the company, so we’re pleased to confirm that you will receive 10% of the brief fee as a reward when you are the “requested researcher.” This is....

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Additional Information

It may be the case that the client attaches information or implies they are going to send additional information (besides the information contained in their main order details) that you must have to complete the brief. Sometimes the client will tick ‘No’ for extra information to follow....

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Quality Standards

Amendments

New Amendment System

The new amendment system is scheduled to launch on Wednesday, 2nd September 2015. If you notice or discover any issues with the new amendment system, please contact us ASAP so we can resolve any problems as quickly as possible. — With the launch of the new amendment system, some tweaks and changes have been made....

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Guarantees

Level Requested First Time Guarantee

We guarantee to the customer that if they order a 2.1 they will get the standard they ordered first time! The terms of this guarantee to the customer are reproduced below so you can see exactly the scope of your obligations to them. As you will see, refunds are not issued lightly; we do have ....

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Plagiarism Bond Guarantee

What is it? Academic Knowledge is an agency for writers who offer, through its various websites and trading names, 100% custom original research work. At Academic Knowledge, we believe that the customer should have a 100% solid guarantee that the work they receive will not be plagiarised. This is what they are paying for....

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Free Chapter By Chapter Delivery

For longer pieces, we offer the customer the option to receive chapter-by-chapter delivery. This is the actual wording of the guarantee we have negotiated with the customer. The free Chapter-by-Chapter delivery promise means that the Expert will deliver to the Customer instalments of....

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Try Before You Buy Guarante

We offer customers who order a lengthier piece of work, a free 500-word sample of your work if you are selected to complete the piece. The sample must relate to the piece (it can be, for example, a summary of how you intend to approach the work). If the customer is not satisfied....

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Plagiarism

Plagiarism And Originality

We expect your work to be 100% original. Work that is not original is plagiarised. What is plagiarism? Plagiarism can be any of the following: Passing off someone else’s words as your own (example) Passing off someone else’s ideas as your own (example) Rewording a source but retaining the original ideas it contains, without giving....

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Self-Plagiarism Guide

Our products are individually tailored academic research and revision aids. As such, we promise that each piece is personalised to the customer's order instructions, and we guarantee that this example is expressly researched and written for them and them alone. This guarantee means that we expressly forbid the 'recycling' of a researcher's work....

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Referencing Styles and Marking Schemes

Referencing Styles

Referencing Check List - In House Guide

Contents Harvard – default Harvard – page numbers for all in-text citations APA MLA Open University Vancouver BMJ Vancouver MHRA OSCOLA/Oxford Chicago – footnote style Chicago – author-date style Turabian – footnote style Turabian – author-date style Note: the below referencing systems are our preferred in-house styles. However, we do understand that there are acceptable....

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Free And Cheap Journal Databases

Once you start working for Academic Knowledge, the most important thing you need to arrange is access to good academic sources. We will not accept poorly referenced work, or work featuring mostly online sources. Wikipedia is not an acceptable source! To help, we’ve put together the following list of free and cheap journal databases....

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Referencing: Getting the basics right

Citing comprehensively when writing at speed can be difficult. Even academics writing journal articles often do not follow referencing rules strictly – their work is modified by editors and proofreaders. It is particularly important when citing to get the basics right. Custom essay writers should also aim to use thoroughly correct citation, but if forced....

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Choosing Quality Sources

As a researcher for Academic Knowledge, we expect you to use quality sources. Internet websites are not considered high quality sources. Books, journals and articles usually are. One of the most valuable resources available to you if you have an Athens password will be journal databases. A service like infoLinX will assist you in locating....

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Essential Sources

These are stated in the brief details. The essential sources MUST be used to complete the brief. Therefore, you must not bid on work unless you have access to these sources. If you are unable to locate all of the essential sources, please message us before bidding, as we can go back to the client and ask them to either remove the resource from....

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Requested Sources

These sources have only been requested by the client; if you are struggling to locate these, the use of these sources is not a requirement. However, we strongly encourage you to use at least a few of these sources, as the resources listed here would likely have been on the customer’s reading list, or the....

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How Many Sources Should I Use?

A rough guide as to the quantity of sources that we expect to see in briefs, depending on their length and standard.

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Marking Schemes

Referencing Check List - In House Guide

Contents Harvard – default Harvard – page numbers for all in-text citations APA MLA Open University Vancouver BMJ Vancouver MHRA OSCOLA/Oxford Chicago – footnote style Chicago – author-date style Turabian – footnote style Turabian – author-date style Note: the below referencing systems are our preferred in-house styles. However, we do understand that there are acceptable....

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Marking Grid

Below you will find an example marking grid which you may find useful when conducting an assessment of a client’s work. Poor Substandard Sufficient Good Structure No structure (repetitive, drifting, unfocused essay) or inappropriate structure. At least half the essay is clearly structured, and indicates an appropriate division of the question into topics. The entire....

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Researcher Account Information

Academic Writer Contract

We have recently updated the Academic Writer Contract, which can be found below. If you do have any questions about the contract then please do feel free to contact us. Last revised on 9th June 2014 Explanatory Notes We support the Plain English Campaign. Since 1979, they have campaigned against jargon and misleading public information. ....

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The Available Work Tab

On the Available Work tab, you will find all of the briefs for which we are currently seeking researchers. The section is split as follows: Hot Briefs: These are briefs for which the client has paid by the client but we have yet to find a bidder. Current Bids: This shows a list of any....

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Confirmation Receipts

Confirmation receipts are an important notification function used as part of our order assigning process. When you are assigned a piece of work you will receive a message which states “Please Begin Work”. Once this message has been received, you are able to start the order as you have been awarded the brief. However, before....

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Delegation Process

Once you begin placing bids of interest on briefs, this does mean you can be assigned that order at any time. Each evening, the delegations process occurs. This normally occurs between the times of 7pm and 9pm on week days and between 5pm and 7pm on Saturdays. Throughout our busier periods we complete a delegation....

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Bidding Areas

Here at Academic Knowledge, our eligibility system is what allows you to bid on work on our system. Our eligibility system is designed to be flexible and, rather than take into account your exact qualifications, it covers what we in the office deem your qualifications cover. We appreciate that many researchers’ degrees cover multiple subject ....

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AK Score

Welcome to the new Academic Knowledge (AK) researcher scoring system. In November 2013 we released the new and updated version for you and the biggest difference is that each individual brief is scored out of 10 instead of 100. To calculate your overall score we use your last 5 completed briefs and the last 5....

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How Do I Get More Work?

When working with Academic Knowledge, we appreciate at times it can be difficult to obtain good amounts of work. Due to the seasonal nature of our business, we always undergo a quieter period in the summer. This article is designed to help you locate as much work as possible, and identify the pieces that you’re....

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