Annotate as defined by Merriam-Webster means to make or furnish critical or explanatory notes or comments.
Annotating allows you to actively engage with text in a meaningful way. There are two basic ways to annotate a document:
Make your annotations meaningful. Several ways to accomplish this are:
The basic concept of annotation remains the same regardless of whether you are doing it manually with an actual highlighter and post-it notes, or digitally with an online tool. Below are guides for getting started with four different free tools that can help you annotate digital text. Not sure which one is right for you? Check out the Which Tool is Right for Me? section to see where you should start.