Answered By: Lora Cowell
Last Updated: May 01, 2015     Views: 7

An annotation is a "note of explanation or comment" added to a source.  We make personal annotations on documents every time we make a note directly on a handout or diagram we are working with.  

The annotated bibliography adds a note to each bibliographic entry that summarizes the major ideas in the source. Other information may also be included, such as an evaluation of the sources currency, credibility, and relevance to a research question being addressed by the creation of the bibliography.  

Want to learn more?  Check out our LibGuide:  Annotated: Conversations with Media

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