Here's a 1-2-3 step system for writing an annotation:
Fill in the blank: This source (article/book/website) is about ___________.
Say it out loud as if you're trying to explain it to someone, then write in out in no more than four sentences.
The author wrote this source for ________.
Write one sentence describing the intended audience.
- I am confident this is a credible source because _________________________________.
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Value for Me?
When you create an annotated bibliography you develop important academic skills required to identify and concisely summarize the main arguments in a piece of writing.
Citation Management: Tools & Alternatives - This library guide introduces several citation management tools.
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free open-source tool that includes both desktop and browser-based interfaces along with plugins for Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.
Mendeley is a free tool with both web-based and desktop components -- also includes plugins for Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.