What is the difference between an annotation and an abstract?
Answered By: Stormye Hendrix
Last Updated: Jun 15, 2016

Annotations vs. Abstracts

  • Abstracts: like those found in various journal article databases or those accompanying journal articles are usually just short, descriptive summaries of a work’s content. Like all summaries, abstracts cover the main points of a piece of writing and help you decide whether an article is relevant for your purposes
  • Annotations (in a bibliography):  A list of sources that provides publication information and a short description of each source.  The annotation typically perform two roles: it both  describes the source and evaluates it.  The description is typically that summary of the content and scope of the source.  The evaluation goes further and discusses the source's authority, currency, and relevancy to a researcher's purpose.