An “annotation” is 3-4 sentence description of a resource. For example, if you were to read an article on prison reform, you would give a full citation for the article (in proper citation form) and then explain the thesis of the article as well as tidbits of information that you might take from the article to support claims in your speech. Summarize particular findings/statistics/claims that your article offers.
If you’re reading a section of a reference book, summarize the central themes from that reference.
You might also mention the credentials of the author, if given.
For this class, you'll want to provide a 2-3 sentence description of what information you used from that resource.
WHAT IS AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY?
An annotated bibliography provides additional information about a work along with the bibliographic citation.
The annotation usually provides a summary of the work, an evaluation, and information about the author. Some annotations are only a summary of the work. Check with your professor to see what is required for your assignment.
The annotation is usually 1 to 2 paragraphs in length, about 100 to 150 words.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER IN WRITING AN ANNOTATION PARAGRAPH
1. What are the main points of the work (article, books, etc.)?
2. What is the author’s position on the topic? What credentials does the author have to speak to this topic?
3. Is there any bias?
4. To whom is the author writing?
5. How well does the author make his/her point? Is the author convincing?
6. How useful is this work to your research?
7. Are there important point that you want to remember?
8. What is your recation to the work?