Annotating with Hypothesis (Licence course)

Create your account

Please create a free account on the websitePLEASE CHOOSE A NICKNAME CONTAINING YOUR SURNAME so that I might give you points for your annotations.

Add to your browser

You must then get your browser ready. I highly recommend that you use Chrome when you annotate with Other browsers do not work as seamlessly with 

Install the Chrome extension

  1. Go to
  2. Click add-on for Chrome in Step 2. A window will pop up and prompt you to install the extension through the Chrome Store. If the window does not appear, try disabling your ad-blocker or enabling pop-ups.
  3. Pin the icon to you toolbar. 

Using other browsers (not recommended)

To use other browsers with you have to install a bookmarklet. This is how you do it:

  1. Open the browser of your choice and go to 
  2. Under Step 2 on the right-hand side, you will see a button that says “ Bookmarklet.” Drag and drop the button to your bookmarks bar.
  3. To start annotating, visit any web page, open your Bookmarks toolbar, and click “ Bookmarklet.” The sidebar will appear on the right part of your page.

Join your L3 British History 2023-24 private group

Please click here and follow the instructions.

Start annotating

  1. Go to the document you wish to annotate. Then, activate Hypothesis and open the sidebar.
  2. Click on the arrow facing down, in the upper left corner of the Hypothesis sidebar. A dropdown with all of your groups will appear.
  3. Click on the “L1 Brit History” group. If not, every annotation made will be visible to the public and not to your tutor and other group members. 

Annotate text

Highlight the text you want to annotate. You will see an option to annotate or highlight pop up. If you click on the option annotate, the hypothesis sidebar will appear, and you will be able to comment. In addition, you will see an option to “Post to L1 Brit History” and “only me.” Please Select “L1 Brit History” so that other group members and your tutor will be able to see and reply to your annotations.
Use the toolbar above your note to format text when creating an annotation. Use Preview to see how your note will look before you post. 

Make a general comment

To make a general comment on the document, you have to use the note function, available in the sidebar. Page notes allow you to make more general annotations unrelated to specific highlights on the page. You can click on the post-it icon on the left of the sidebar. You will be able to comment and choose who is allowed to see your note (the group or only you). Please select “L1 Brit History”.

You can come back at any time to edit or delete your own highlights, annotations, replies, or page notes.

What kinds of things am I expected to annotate?

  • Those things you find particularly interesting or surprising. Say why in your annotations.
  • Ask questions about those things you do not understand. Be as specific as possible in what you ask and try to suggest possible answers to your own questions, no matter how unsure you may be about them.
  • Respond and react to other students’ annotations.
  • Try to wrap up your annotation work by making a general comment about the document (using page notes in, summing up what it represents in your eyes and how you interpret and view it.