Primary and secondary sources: what the heck are they? How do I find them? Today, your questions answered!
What should your annotations look like? Read the examples on this page.
An analytical annotation allows you to explain the value of a source to your paper. It can help you gain a greater sense of what a given resource can contribute (or not) to your argument. Some components of a typical annotation are given below. You needn't include every one of them! Apply the criteria that best help you to analyze the document under review.
a brief description or summary of the resource
a brief analysis of its thesis, argument, or focus
the context in which the document was created
a review of the author's credentials
a prediction or description of the text's intended audience
insights derived from the document