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PSYC 465 (Liu): Experimental Psychology

Research Guide for Dr. Liu's section of the PSYC 465 course

Writing Your Annotations

Your annotations should follow a citation, annotation, then repeat format.

For your target study article, your annotation should include the following:

  • Summarize the information about the topic: What was the topic? Why was the research important?
  • Summarize the methods used in this study: How was the research done? What methods, tests, and statistical analyses were used?
  • Describe the participants used in this study: What were the characteristics of the populations studied? For example, were particular age groups or genders studied?
  • Summarize the findings of the study: What did the authors find? Did the authors discuss the implications of their research? 
  • Reflection: State whether the study is of use for your project and why: Was this source helpful to you? How has it helped you develop your hypothesis? How has it helped you build your project proposal? Would you use its methodologies, tests, or statistical analyses for your own experiment? How will you apply the source’s theoretical positions, issues discussed, study data, and claims made to build your arguments and justifications for your own experiment?

For your nine (9) peer-reviewed journal articles about your research question, your annotations should include the following:

  • A summary of the research topic and its importance
  • Your comments and evaluation of how the article is related to the project you want to do and how you will use it to build your arguments for your research proposal and build your methods for your own experiment.

Use the Annotated Bibliographies Guide and Annotated Bibliography Samples from Purdue's Online Writing Lab for more help writing your annotations. 

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