How to Use Diigo

Please read and complete instructions on this page in the order that you find them. If you watch the videos first, the stuff on the bottom half of the page will make sense.

1. What is Diigo? Find out HERE 

2. How do I get Diigo on my computer? Download Diigolet (a bookmarking tool that will appear at the top of your screen) HERE

3. Need more help?  Videos that explain how to use Diigo HERE

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, but generally with some looking around, you will see the options I discuss below.  You should set aside some time for trial and error 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:

    • Log on to Diigo and under “Explore Diigo Groups,” type in   ThoughtVectors2014 to search for that group.  When you see the group, look for a button that asks you to join the group and click it.  The group is open for all internet users to join.  You must join the group to be able to SHARE your bookmarked articles with the thoughtvectors group.
    • 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 ThoughtVectors2014  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 ThoughtVectors2014

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 ThoughtVectors2014
    • 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.

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