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PSY208 - Theories of Personality - Harris: Annotated Bibliographies

Annotated Bibliography

Ithaca College guide to Annotated Bibliographies

The Olin and Uris Libraries at Cornell University have created an excellent guide on how to prepare an Annotated Bibliography.

The "Owl" writing lab at Purdue University also has information on creating an Annotated Bibliography

What's an Annotated Bibliography?

1. Summarize

2. Evaluate

3. Explain how it fits


  • Writing the annotation When writing your annotation, the complete citation should come first and the annotation follows. Depending on the type of annotated bibliography you are writing, you will want to include:

  1. The purpose of the work

  2. A summary of its content

  3. For what type of audience the work is written

  4. Its relevance to the topic

  5. Any special or unique features about the material

  6. The strengths, weaknesses or biases in the material

  7. Explain why you chose the article and how it helps you develop your topic. - This qualitative piece is the most important part of the annotation.

For each article you’ve chosen you will have a citation followed by your annotation.