How To Use Diigo

In the spirit of Doug Engelbart, we can talk about Diigo as a concept space for research and thought: it allows for us to build a resource for accessing and applying information that we collectively gather.  We’ll use Diigo to not only help archive the research for the developing inquiry projects, but to also share sources and ideas on how the research can be made portable (more on that later).  To start this journey, look to a Diigo group previously populated by UNIV 200 students in classes between two of our cMOOC professors: Ryan Cales and Jason Coats.  Their theme for those sections of UNIV 200 was “technoagency,” so you may (hopefully) note many overlaps with the topic and text you are interested in researching for this course. Thoroughly explore this Diigo group and consider the many sources included and the tags that students associate with them.  Ultimately, the directions below will lead you to begin to create a group very similar to this one that you just saw.

Please read and complete the following four steps in the order that you find them. The other stuff below won’t make sense without doing these three steps first. Of course, you must have an account for Diigo in order to do any of this. You should have created an account in week one.

1. What is Diigo? Find out HERE 

 2. How do I get Diigo on my computer? Download Diigolet (at the top) HERE

3. Join the Diigo group called ThoughtVectors2014 (there is no space between words in Diigo, ever).  To join this group, go to, click on Diigo Groups, search for Thoughtvectors2014 and click Join This Group. Please set up a profile so you have an avatar of some kind.  No blank pictures please.

4. HERE are some videos to help explain how to actually use Diigo:

This following  is intended to help you learn to use Diigo. However, depending on your browser, there may be some differences between what you see here and what you see on the screen. Some things may be located in different places. Don’t get frustrated. Just look around and you will figure it out. In sum, you will need to set aside some time for trial and error exercises to learn how to use this site.

You will use Diigo for two main purposes: Social Bookmarking and Annotating Websites.

Social  Bookmarking (in Chrome)
Diigo is for social bookmarking, meaning you can bookmark sites and share them with others–like strangers, people in your class and your instructor.

Here is how to bookmark webpages so that others can view them:

    • When you find a webpage your want to save and annotate, click the Diigo icon on your browser. Choose Save. Tag the website using words that summarize the content. (A tag can be only one word: HigherEducation NOT Higher Education.)  Click “Share to a Group” and choose ThoughtVectors 2014.  That’s it. You are done.
    • When you want to find that website again, click the Diigo icon and go to your Library. You can search your library by searching the words you used as tags.

Three Very Important Things to Remember about Bookmarking Pages:

    • When you click save, make sure “Private” is not selected.  Otherwise, no one but you can see the source.
    • Make sure you select “Cache”.  This will allow you to easily see the annotations on the page when you go back to look at your sources.
    • Don’t forget to share the sources with our group Thoughtvectors

To Annotate Sources (in Chrome):
Diigo allows you to annotate websites, meaning you can highlight and use sticky notes.

    • When you find a webpage you want to use, save it and then click “Annotate.” HOW to actually annotate the page is going to depend on your browser. First, try to highlight a passage with your mouse. Three boxes will appear below what you highlighted–a pencil (to actually highlight), a note (to write an annotation in text) and a magnifying glass (to search in Google).
    • When you make a note, BE SURE you click ADD A GROUP NOTE (the little icon of two people with a plus sign) or else only you will be able to see it. Also, click “Choose a Group” and select ThoughtVectors006.
    • Don’t forget to save the page when you are done annotating.

Annotating PDFs (as opposed to websites)

    • Articles that you find in library databases are often in the form of PDFs.  You will be able to use sticky notes but probably not highlight.
    • You cannot highlight text on PDFs.  Instead, simply make sticky notes to include the direct quotations, paraphrased material, and anything else relevant for the source.

One thought on “How To Use Diigo”

  1. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be exciting to read through articles from other authors and use something from their sites. |

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