Introduction to Library Research (Instruction Guide): Annotations

Student Learning Objectives: Learn to use the Chabot Community College Library in person and online to support educational and research assignments.

Elements Of An Annotation

Generally, an annotation is approximately 100-300 words in length (one paragraph). However, your professor may have different expectations so it is recommended that you clarify the assignment guidelines.

An annotation may include the following information:

  • A brief summary of the source
  • The source’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Its conclusions
  • Why the source is relevant in your field of study
  • Its relationships to other studies in the field
  • An evaluation of the research methodology (if applicable)
  • Information about the author’s background
  • Your personal conclusions about the source

 

Is an abstract an annotation?

sample image of an article abstract

Getting Help With Annotations (Printouts)

Sample Annotated Bibliography