What should your annotations look like? Here are a few examples.
An analytical annotation explains the value of a source to your paper. It summarizes your investigation of the source, the aspects that add support to your claims and interpretations. Some components of a typical annotation are given below. It may not be necessary to include them all, but be sure to include the most salient criteria, the ones that best explain your use of the source. At minimum, aim for 1, 2, 3 and 7.
a correctly formatted citation in Chicago Author-Date style
a brief description or summary of the resource
a brief analysis of its argument or focus
the context in which the document was created
a review of the author's credentials or relevant biographical information
a prediction or description of the text's intended audience
insights derived from the document, which may include an evaluative judgment