Worksheet 13: Evaluating and Annotating an ArticleTo be an effective researcher in college: finding books, citing sources, summarizinginformation, and evaluating materials for your research needs. A bibliography is a list ofsources that were used as resource materials for the paper or project at hand.What is an annotation?An annotation is a brief descriptive and evaluative note that provides enough information aboutthe article so a person can decide whether or not to consult the article.Elements of Annotation: Factors to consider when writing your annotationContent: What is the articleabout?Purpose: Why was the articlewritten?Methods used to collectdata: Where did theinformation come from?Usefulness: What does do itfor your research?Reliability: Does theinformation appear to beaccurate?Authority: Who wrote it?How does their backgroundfit in with the content?Currency: When was itwritten? Does the topicrequire recent information?Scope/Coverage/Limitations:What does the article cover?Does it fulfill theexpectations of the abstract?What else could it provide?Arrangement: How is thearticle organized? Is it text-only or does it includegraphs/lists/etc.?Ease of use: Who is itwritten for? Do you have tobe an expert in the field tounderstand?