Select a topic you can manage in the timeframe you have to complete your project. Narrow down the topic if it is too broad.
Locate books, periodicals, and documents that may contain useful information and ideas on your topic.
Cite the book, article, or document using the appropriate style required by your instructor - APA, MLA, Chicago.
Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Check with your instructor on the type of annotation you are required to write. The two basic types are descriptive and evaluative annotations. The annotation is usually 50 - 15- words.
Descriptive annotations (also known as "informative" annotations) provide only a summary of the author's main ideas. Descriptive annotations are typically two to three sentences long and describe the content but include no critical remarks evaluating the source’s quality.
Descriptive annotations may include the following types of information:
Evaluative annotations (also known as "critical" annotations) summarize the essential ideas in a document and provide judgments—negative, positive, or both—about their quality. Evaluative annotations are typically three to four sentences long. Evaluative annotations usually begin with broad comments about the focus of the source then move to an evaluation of the source.
Evaluative annotations may contain the following type of information: