How to Use Diigo’s New Outlining Tool: Social Bookmarking Made Easy

Productivity Tools for Students and Researchers

Diigo Social Bookmarking tutorial

Social bookmarking is the modern student’s research tool. As I share in Reinventing Writing, research and pre-writing helps a student start strong. But how? Here’s your answer: Diigo has a fantastic new outlining tool! Before students write, have them turn in their outlines to you. Also, require that they rephrase their research sources at the point they bookmark it. I teach how to get a private link for the outline. If you still want it in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, I even show you how to export your outline! So easy.

TIP FOR TEACHERS: If you’re using a Learning Management System, you can cut and paste the key points and action steps and use the videos as is.

Social Bookmarking is green!

One ream of paper is 6% of a tree! It is estimated that a page of paper costs 6 cents each in terms of waste. Then, why do we have students printing a fifty page Wikipedia article or a 10-page document to verify one quotation? Why are we using paper when social bookmarking can make research so much easier. You can even link Diigo to other services like Evernote using IFTTT.com.

Each video is separated below, but you can also view this series as a playlist on Youtube

 

1- Why do we need social bookmarking? [0:34]

Key Points: Why Do We Need Social Bookmarking?

  1. It saves paper.
  2. It keeps your email from filling up.
  3. It is an easier, more productive way of researching.

After You Watch This Video You Should:

  • Understand some of the benefits of using social bookmarking.
  • Why you need a tool to help you organize your online research.

 

2- What is Diigo? [0:21]

Key Points: What is Diigo?

  1. Diigo lets you easily share with groups.
  2. You can annotate web pages.
  3. You are creating your personal library of online bookmarks to use in many ways.

After you watch this video, you should:

  • Understand that Diigo is a social bookmarking tool to help you organize and share your research. 

 

3- How to Sign Up for Diigo [0:28]

Key Points: How to Sign Up for Diigo?

  1. Sign up at www.diigo.com.
  2. Teachers should sign up for a free teacher account to get extra features.

After you watch this video, you should:

  • Sign up for a Diigo account at www.diigo.com
  • TIP: If you have a Google account, click “Sign In” and click the Google button, then just fill in a username and password. It will link with your Google account! 

 

4- Install the Diigo Chrome Extension [0:28]

Key Points: Install the Diigo Chrome Extension

  1. The Diigo Chrome extension can save you time.
  2. The button is typically found after logging into Diigo the first time. (You can also use the link below.)

After you watch this video, you should:

  • Install the Diigo Chrome Extension by clicking here. (The rest of this tutorial uses the Chrome extension, but you can bookmark and use outliner from any web browser.)
  • If you use any other Web browser including Internet Explorer or Firefox, use the Diigolet. 

 

5- Annotating a Web Page with Diigo [1:05]

Key Points: Annotating a Web Page with Diigo

  1. Annotating a web page means that you can highlight the page.
  2. You can also add a private sticky note to a page.
  3. You can add a public sticky note to a page if you send it to a group. (You have to join a group first.)
After this video, you should:

  • Annotate a web page by going to a page and using different color highlighters.
  • Write a sticky note and put it on a page.
  • If you are a member of a group, put a sticky note on a page and send it to your group.
  • Go back to your Diigo account and click “library”. See what annotations look like in your library.
  • Look at the screenshots below and read the captions to see how annotations will show up in your library and in your outliners.

Social Bookmarking Diigo - see how annotations show up

Screenshot 1: The annotation made in the video and how it shows up in the library view of Diigo. Note that sometimes it appears faster if you go ahead and bookmark the page.

The view mode button in Diigo's outliner view helps you see the annotations you made with this social bookmarking tool.

Screenshot 2: To see annotations in the outliner view (that I teach you below), you need to click the “view mode” button instead of “edit mode.” Then, the annotations show up.


6-Bookmarking a Web Page with Diigo [0:52]

Key Points: Bookmarking a Page with Diigo

  1. Anything you select with your mouse will go into the bookmark when you hit the button.
  2. You have to turn off the annotation’s Highlighting feature for this to work.
  3. Whatever you type in the box becomes part of the bookmark.
  4. Summarize what you’ve read in the box. (This will help prevent plagarizing work by putting it in your own words.)
  5. Be consistent with your tags so you can see patterns and organize your bookmarks.

After you watch this video, you should:

  • Bookmark a web page using your Diigo button.
  • First, find the web page you want to bookmark.
  • Using the mouse, select and drag your mouse across some text.
  • Click the bookmark button.
  • Type some text in the box summarizing what you’ve read in addition to what is already showing.
  • Don’t click “Save” yet, watch the next video first! 

 

7- Adding a Diigo Bookmark to the Outliner Research Tool [0:26]

Key Points: Adding a Diigo Bookmark to the Outliner Research Tool and Tagging

  1. You can create outlines for different projects.
  2. You can share bookmarks with groups when you’re bookmarking it.

After you watch this video, you should:

  • Send your bookmark to an outline.
  • Make sure that you create a NEW outline for the project to send your research to.
  • After you send the bookmark to your outline, go to diigo, then click “outliners” to see what it looks like. 

 

8-Using the Diigo Outliner Tool to Plan [0:46]

Key Points: Using the Diigo Outliner Tool to Plan

  1. Use your tab key to indent and shift tab to out-dent your outline.
  2. You can turn in a public link when you are done.

After you watch this video, you should:

  • Click on a line in your outliner and press tab.
  • Hold down shift and press tab and see what happens.
  • Use your mouse to point at the bullets and drag something around in the outliner.
  • Type something in the outliner to see how it works.
  • TIP: You don’t have features to change the font or format. I’ll show you how to export this to a wordprocessor to make this fancier if you want to.

 

9- How to Organize a Diigo Outline [1:27]

Key Points: How to Organize a Diigo Outline

  1. When you have bookmarks already in Diigo, you can find and quickly add them to your outliner.
  2. You can organize your outline with text that you type.
  3. Click the shareable link button to share a private link for people to see your outline.
  4. You can copy and paste it into Microsoft Word or Google Docs. You can also copy and paste the notes into Powerpoint and make it into an outline in PowerPoint.

After you watch this film, you should:

  • Type some text in your outliner.
  • Click the shareable link button and email it to someone else. Let them see if they can open it.
  • Click the Export button to open up a report.
  • Copy some of the text and paste it into Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
  • Copy some of the text and paste it into a PowerPoint slide. (Advanced users can use the Outliner in Powerpoint!) 

 


 

Bonus Diigo Tutorials

These tutorials are not necessary for beginners but show some advanced features that many of you who are already using this tool may want to use. The bulk tool lets you move bookmarks, retag them, and re-organize. Researchers will want to know these tools. Bloggers or those sharing resources might want to auto-share their bookmarks to their blog.

9 – 5 Minute Power Diigo Tutorial [5:05]

10 – How to Auto Post Diigo Bookmarks to Your Blog [3:27]

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5 thoughts on “How to Use Diigo’s New Outlining Tool: Social Bookmarking Made Easy

  1. I’m teaching social bookmarking to our administrative team so this will come in very handy especially since you’ve updated your Diigo how-to’s to include Outliner which I also have come to really appreciate!