Writing an annotation
First Step - Evaluate the Information
What is "it" - book, periodical article, reference source, newspaper, blog, wiki, "gray literature", masters thesis, correspondence, statistics, etc
Scholarly vs Popular
- How many times cited?
- Journal Ranking
Primary vs Secondary
Second Step - Evaluate your source by the relevant critereia listed above. A book source will be evaluated differently than a journal article for example.
Third Step - Write the abstract based on the most important criteria. Not everything needs to be included in an annotation. The most important consideration is the relevancy and value of the source as it reflects on your search topic. How will the source help you research your topic?
My Topic: Wastewater treatment and wetlands in Nigeria
In-class evaluation of sources for my annotated bibliography
Also - when you find a good source, use the sources in that papers works cited list for your bibliography
- See Journal Finder
- Use your RefWorks account to save, organize, and publish your sources in APA Style