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Upper School Library: Citing and Documentation

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Writing Your Annotation

The Annotation: the purpose is to inform the reader of the usefulness, accuracy, quality of the source, and significance to the project

  • Why is the author or organization an expert or authority?
  • Tertiary, secondary, or primary? [Used only for history papers]
  • Why is this important (usefulness) to your project?
  • Summary of the source which includes facts.


"Japan and the War in Asia (Overview)." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web.

7 Apr. 2015.

ABC-CLIO is an award-winning publisher of reference, contemporary thought, and professional development content, created to help students, educators, librarians, and general readers of all ages. This article, a tertiary source, provides an overview of the Japanese invasion of the Pacific and China. Useful facts includes the how the war began for the United States on Dec. 7, 1941, and its ending on Sept. 2nd.

Why is your source reliable?

These are a few questions to check if your source is from a person/organization that is RELIABLE.