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Intro to Hypothesis

Learn how to digitally write in the margins of online content!

What you will learn:

  • How to Create an Account
  • How to Annotate an Online Resource
  • How to Create a Group

Tips for Classroom Use

“... there can be a wide range of types of annotation from defining terms and explaining allusions to analytic commentary to more creative responses to the text at hand.” ~ Source

1. If the annotations of peers are distracting have the students click on the eye icon to hide annotations that are not their own. 
2. If not using Moodle, but will use regularly in class, send your students the registration link before class  ( and ensure all of the classroom PCs have the chrome extension installed.
3. If your students have an account but do not have the Chrome extension installed on their device you can send them a via link. The link is “found under the share icon in the upper left hand corner of the annotation sidebar, this is a special “via” link that wraps a webpage in the Hypothesis app–manually prepending any URL with “” works the same way. Visitors to the proxy page will see the annotation sidebar and be able to view existing annotations. If they have Hypothesis accounts, they will also be able to annotate without the Chrome extension. You can also include via links for multiple texts within an online syllabus.” ~
See also: 

How to Get Started

Create an Account: 

1. Go to

2. Create a login and password

3. Check Your email and open the link to activate your account. If you do not receive the email contact 

4. Login

5. Add more information to your profile: 


Add Hypothesis to Your Browser:

Install the Chrome Extension: 



Start Annotating!

1. Click on the icon (top right), expand, and log in. 

2. Browse to the resource you want to annotate (Website, PDF, or EPub)

3. Click on the note icon to add an annotation. 

4. Choose Public so everyone can see your annotations or choose one of your Groups so only that group can see your annotations. 


If you want your annotations to remain private you can create your own personal group.


Create A Group: 

1. Click on “Groups” on the top right of the profile screen. 

2. Click on “Create New Group”

3. Give the Group a name

4. Copy the URL to share with others so they can join your group. 

5. All of the groups you have created, or are a member of, will be listed in that top left menu “Groups”


Note that all groups with the free account are private groups and the creator can moderate all annotations. Open and Restricted groups only work with the Hypothesis account system, or with publishers’ 3rd-party account implementations (Such as Moodle).


More Information How to Annotate with Groups: