PSYC 341 Annotated Bibliography

The Annotated Bibliography is the first building block of the Research Paper. This assignment is important as it is enables you to begin your research by selecting and reviewing three scholarly journal articles, as well as practice using proper in-text citations. At this point, take a moment to read and review the Research Paper Outline and Research Paper Instructions before completing this assignment.

Using the Liberty University Online Library, you will select three full-text, scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal articles that directly relate to one or more of the topics listed below and have been published in the last seven years. Save each selected article as a PDF file.

If you need assistance finding scholarly journal articles, click here to learn how to navigate through Liberty University’s online library.

The Annotated Bibliography needs to be directly linked and clearly connected to one of the topics listed below. It is recommended that three different topics are selected to find related articles as this will begin the research process in three different areas.

Any of the required topics that are selected should be viewed from the perspective of: How is this related to personality? Each topic (article selected) must be clearly connected to personality.


  1. Nature versus Nurture
  2. The Unconscious
  3. View of Self
  4. Development
  5. Motivation
  6. Maturation


After reviewing each of the articles that have been selected and saved, create a 300-500 word review (with in-text citations) for each article. The summary (review) portion of the assignment will give a general synopsis of each article that was reviewed and should clearly note which portion of personality that the article is related to.

Paraphrase; do not include any direct quotes. Proper use of in-text citations is imperative. If in-text citations are not included in this assignment, a zero will be assigned. Please read and review the chapter on in-text citations in your APA manual. Do not cite sources outside of the article that you are reviewing.

This assignment does not need to include a title page, abstract page, or reference page; however, each reference must be listed in current APA format at the beginning of each summary.

You will submit 4 documents total in your submission: the 3 PDF documents that you saved (1 for each article) and your Annotated Bibliography submitted as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file.

A grading rubric is provided to ensure you follow the assignment expectations.

Submit your Annotated Bibliography by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 3.

Selecting Appropriate Journal Articles

When searching Liberty University’s online library, from the LUO Library home page, select “Advanced Search” and be sure to click on the appropriate dates as well as under Show Only: “Items with full text online”, “Scholarly materials, including peer-reviewed”. Under Exclude from results: select all three.  To find useful articles, narrow the search by selecting, key words or phrases to use as your search parameters. Remember, the goal is to find articles that relate to personality and the six items listed previously.

The articles selected must be from scholarly journals. It is preferred that the journal have the word “Journal” in the title (Journal of Marriage and Family, etc.). Ideally, each journal that you review should have a Methods section as well as Data, Results, and Conclusion sections, but these sections are not required. You must not use book reviews, obituaries, magazine articles, or online articles that have not been published in scholarly journals.

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