Welcome to the writing and research LibGuide from Wright - Potts Library at Voorhees College. The information and resources in this guide will help you to improve your writing and research skill, which in turn will lead to higher grades on written assignments.
This guide covers three important aspects of writing a paper, namely research, the writing process, and proper source citation. These topics are covered in three separate sections of this guide that are accessible from the blue tabs at the top of this page. There is also a section that lists resources that may be helpful for gaining a greater, more detailed understanding of the topics introduced in this guide. Please note that some sections of this guide have subsections; these subsections are accessible from drop-down menus on the above tabs.
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Purpose of This Guide
The purpose of this guide is to help you to succeed in school and in life by becoming a better writer and researcher.
Good writing is not only essential to succeed in college, it is also essential to succeed in life. Just as good writing can be the difference between a good grade and a bad grade, it can also be the difference between acceptance and rejection by a graduate school; a job and the unemployment line; a promotion and being passed over; and communicating effectively and ineffectively with your supervisors, employees, clients, customers, and/or students. It quite literally pays to be a good writer.
Good research is also important for success in real life. You may be satisfied with the top result from Google, but chances are that your graduate school, supervisors, employees, clients, customers, and students will not be as satisfied if that top result happens to be anything less than reliable. Bad information can lead to bad decisions which can then lead to bad consequences. Good research can prevent a lot of trouble.