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Annotating - January 24th 2017, 05:01 PM

Does anyone have any tips on how to do this or can you share how you do it. I'm trying my best but its hard.

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Re: Annotating - January 24th 2017, 08:48 PM

In uni, sometimes we would have hand outs with what the tutor was going to be teaching. I would read the notes briefly first, so I knew what was coming up. Then I would listen out for key words, explanations or book titles that I would write down next to the appropriate paragraph.

I would then go over my notes when I got home, and high lighted things that were important (usually the parts that meet the objectives of the lesson) or things that I would need to go and research more of if I wasn't too sure. You can also highlight important names, numbers and ideas if it's significant to what you are studying. You can use different coloured pens to kind of 'code' certain information too. A lot of people use sticky notes to write notes on, which is useful if you find you don't have much room.

It is hard trying to annotate, but I'm sure the more you do it, the easier it may get, especially when it comes to getting the balance right between getting important notes down and not writing too much or too little.

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Re: Annotating - January 24th 2017, 09:00 PM

Hey there Frankie,
I personally did not have to do a lot of annotating when I was in University. However, there were times that I did, i would go to the Writing Center at my school. They helped me a lot with developing a paper but they also do things like look over annotated bibiliographies. Also, usually the professor would provide some guidelines on how they specifically want the annotated to look like. My professors said that an annotated bibliography is like a regular work cited page but instead underneath each source, you summarize in a couple of sentences what the source was about and then in another couple of sentences explain what you will use the source for or why you think it would help your argument. Even if it didnt help that much, it is important you still mention that. You can say you used a certain article for background information and that's still valid from what I understand. The annotation is usually no more than a paragraph per a source from what I've been told but again, I suggest you double check with your professor!

So for instance, a random example would be let's say you're doing a paper on why smoking is harmful (lame example, but please bear with me) and you found an article from a health foundation that explains a certain kind of statistic that x percentage of people in the study who smoked had cancer. Then in the annotation, you can summarize the article-so just mention what the study set out to do, and briefly the results that pertain to your paper. Then in another sentence or two, explain how the study showing risk for cancer advances your argument about why smoking is harmful.

Sorry it's a weird example, but I will try to think of a different example if this one is confusing!

Also Purdue Owl was a life-saver for me so I would love to share that site with you. And I quoted what they said about annotated bibliography:

An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation. Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources. Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following.

Summarize: Some annotations merely summarize the source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? The length of your annotations will determine how detailed your summary is.
For more help, see our handout on paraphrasing sources.

Assess: After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source?
For more help, see our handouts on evaluating resources.

Reflect: Once you've summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic?
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