Small text with a great meaning: how to write an annotation?
Author: Polina Egorova
Firstly, we need to understand what an annotation is.
It is a summary of the work, which gives a general idea of the content and includes a description of the goals, objectives, methods and results obtained during the study.
Why do we need an annotation?
It allows to get acquainted with a content of a work, understand its relevance for the reader. Therefore, you should awake an interest in your work from the very beginning, by its innovations and relevance in annotation.
Structure of Annotation: - relevance - problem statement - ways of solution - results - conclusion
Some tips for writing an annotation:
Remember that an annotation is not a retelling, but a brief description. Approximate size of it – 500 symbols.
You should use simple language, without specific definitions and complicated terms.
Specify the target audience for which the study is intended. It would make your annotation better.
Avoid any unnecessary details and specific numbers. There shouldn't be any tables, graphs and references.
Use 4 main questions: "Who?", "What?", "What about?", "For whom?". Write, who the author is, what is the main problem and what is your research about?
Some phrases which will help you to write an annotation:
The publication deals with…
The article introduces/presents/gives/describes…
The author concentrates on…
The author underlines that…/ outlines…
The article reveals …
The author analyses/ compares/determines/states…
The author emphasizes… It`s interesting to emphasize…