An annotation is a brief note following each citation listed on an annotated bibliography. The goal is to briefly summarize the source and/or explain why it is important for a topic. They are typically a single concise paragraph, but might be longer if you are summarizing and evaluating.

  1. The annotation is a short paragraph, 4 – 6 sentences long, that follows a citation. …
  2. Be able to explain the content of the source in your own words.
  3. Identify the type of source, (i.e. academic journal article, book, etc.) …
  4. Consider and explain how the source is relevant to your research question. …
  5. Analyze.


Types of Annotations

  • Descriptive.
  • Evaluative.
  • Informative.
  • Combination.