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 to your argument. Some components of a typical annotation are given below. It may not be necessary to include each aspect. Instead, apply those criteria that best help you analyze a given document.
a correctly formatted citation in the 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