Hypothesis Quick Start Guide (Students)
Hypothesis is a tool for adding annotations, i.e. highlights and comments on any webpage. You can highlight any text and add your comments. Your comments will be visible to all other readers in the assignment.
Sign Up for a Hypothesis Account
Go to https://hypothes.is/signup to register. All you’ll need to sign up for a Hypothesis account is your SU email address, a username and a password. After clicking Sign Up, you will receive an email confirmation to register your new account.
How To Annotate
- Navigate to the Canvas assignment containing the link you are assigned to annotate.
- Click Load Hypothesis in a new window (if prompted).
- You will see three icons stacked vertically near the top right-hand side of the window. Click on the top (left-facing arrow) icon to open (and close) the Hypothes.is sidebar.
- When the sidebar is open, click Log in at the top of the sidebar to log in to your Hypothes.is account.
- Scroll down in the sidebar to see existing annotations.
- Click highlighted text to see existing annotation.
- To create your own annotation, select text and click the Annotate button. The other button is for private highlights.
Enter your annotation content in the composition window and click Post to Public. You can also click the adjacent arrow to make the annotation private or Only Me.
Note: You can always view all your annotations in a stream at your My Annotations page on Hypothesis. Your annotations are editable and deletable there as well.
- Add images, links, and video or format your text using the editing buttons at the top of the composition window.
You can also make page-level annotations by clicking the same note button in the sidebar.
- See this blog for a full explanation of the different types of annotation that can be made in Hypothesis, including replies.
- For tips on best annotation practices (how much text to select, when and how to add images and links, etc.), check out this page.
- For a full set of resources, including advanced features of Hypothesis and technical tutorials, see the Hypothesis Student Resource Guide.
For more help using Hypothesis, email firstname.lastname@example.org.