Hypothes.is tutorial (ENG)

Tutorial: Hypothes.is

STEP 1: Sign up to Hypothes.is

  1. Go to web.hypothes.is
  2. Click GET STARTED at the top right of the page
  3. Then click on CREATE A FREE ACCOUNT 
    - Choose a username, enter your email address, and create a password.
    - The username must contain the name of the participant’s country so as better contextualise your annotations for the benefit of the research project, ex. John.France.
    - The email address is not visible to others 
  4.  Click Sign Up, and you’ll receive a confirmation email shortly–check your spam inbox if you don’t see the email. Your account is now activated.

STEP 2: Add Hypothes.is to your browser

There are different ways of installing Hypothes.is but we advice you to use the google chrome extension as it is the easiest one out of them all. 

Chrome extension

  1. Go to web.hypothes.is/start
  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 Hypothes.is icon to you toolbar. 


For those who prefer to use Firefox, Safari, and other browsers, the Bookmarklet provides an easy way to use Hypothes.is in the browser of your choice. 

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

Past the link 

If you don’t want to add Hypothes.is to your browser, you can still use it by using the paste-link option on Hypothes.is

  1. Copy the web address (URL) of the webpage you want to annotate.
  2. Go to web.hypothes.is 
  3. Paste your link in the “Paste a Link” function in the top menu and click the ANNOTATE button.
  4. You will now be taken to a new view of your web page with annotation enabled. The Hypothesis sidebar will appear in the upper right corner.

STEP 3: Join the “Queer Religious Pasts” private group.

  1. Once you have an account, click the private-group invite link. If you are not logged in to Hypothes.is, you will be prompted to log in. Once you’re logged in, you’ll be able to click a button to join the group.
  2. You will be redirected to the group’s activity page, which will collect a list of texts annotated within the group.
  3. Now you can annotate using hypothes.is as part of the “Queer Religious Pasts” group.

STEP 4: How to annotate using Hypothes.is

  1. Navigate 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 “Queer Religious Pasts” group. If not, every annotation made will be visible to the public and not to 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 Queer Religious Pasts and only me. Please Select “Queer Religious Pasts” so that other group members 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. 


Annotate an image and/or a video


To annotate an image or video, 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 the Queer Religious Pasts group.


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