The Annotation Summary

This page allows you to search your annotations, and the annotations other users have chosen to share.

Result List

The result table shows four columns:

  • The thing that was annotated (a forum post), along with its author. Clicking on the link allows you to view the entire item.
  • The highlighted passage of text.
  • The margin note typed by whoever created the annotation.
  • The name of the person who created the annotation, along with some annotation controls.

Searching and Filtering

There are essentially three ways to search and filter your results:

  1. The text search field at the top of the page.
  2. Hand icons (☚) that pop up next to certain parts of the result when you hover over them. Clicking on one of these filters the results to show only annotations matching whatever the hand points to (if you hover for long enough, help text will explain what clicking would do).
  3. Links in the search result description. As you filter and search, there is always a description of what you're looking at at the top of the page. Parts of the description are displayed as hyperlinks. If you hover over one of these links, it will be replaced by a description of what you would see if you clicked the link. Generally this broadens the search, cancelling filters applied elsewhere.

You can probably figure these out just by experimenting with them. More detailed explanations follow.

Searching for Text

You can filter your search results in several ways. First, most obviously, you can type search text in the text entry box at the top of the page, then click Find to find matching annotations.

Ordinarily, the search result displays with text containing (you won't see this unless you first do a text search), indicating that the search will look for that text in margin notes, highlighted passages, and the names of the users who created the annotations.

If you want to search for an annotation matching an exact phrase ( useful if you use the same margin note repeatedly), you can click on text containing (it's displayed as a link) to search only for notes matching instead (and vice versa).

Filtering by Who Wrote the Annotations

If you wish to show only annotations by a particular user (such as the teacher of a course), hover the mouse over that person's name in the right-hand column. A hand icon (☚) appears. If you click on it, the list will be filtered to display only annotations created by that person.

If the annotations are already filtered by a particular user (say they're by Fred), the search description at the top of the page will include a link saying that the annotations are by that user (by Fred). Clicking on the link will remove the filter and include annotation by anyone.

Filtering by Whose Work Is Annotated

You may wish to view only annotations of a particular user's work (you might want to see what people have to say about your forum posts, for example). To do this, hover the mouse over the name of the author of the original document, in the left column. A hand icon (☚) will appear. Click it to run the filter.

If the results are filtered this way (to show only annotations of things Josephine has written, perhaps), the search description at the top will include a link saying this shows annotations of work by Jospehine. Click on the link to remove the filter.

Broadening and Narrowing the Search

Initially, you will likely see only annotations for a particular area - a specific discussion, perhaps. You may wish to include annotation for all discussions in the same forum, or all annotations in that course, and so on. Say you're viewing annotations of a discussion named "It's Turtles All the Way Down" in the "Metaphysics" forum. You will see a description at the top of the page, including the text in discussion "It's Turtles All the Way Down", with the last part displayed as a hyperlink. If you hover over the link, it will be replaced by the name of the broader category - in this case, it would change to in forum "Metaphysics". To view all annotations in that forum, click on the link to broaden the search.

On the other hand, you may wish to narrow your search to include only a particular discussion, forum, etc. Notice that the result list has section headings. One might look like Discussion: It's Turtles All the Way Down. If you hover over one of these, a hand icon (☚) appears. Clicking on it allows you to narrow your search to only annotations in that section.

Subscribing to Annotations

Want to see what your teacher has to say about your work? Noticed another student who makes insightful comments? If you have a feed reader (also known as an RSS Reader - something built in to many modern browsers), you can subscribe to annotations matching those criteria. You will then get periodic updates including those annotations.

To subscribe, click on the orange feed button near the bottom of the page (or right click and copy the link into your feed reader) to subcribe to your current search. Then you will get periodic updates of any shared (public) annotations created by other users that match your search criteria. There is one gotcha, however: the feed will not include any of your own private annotations.

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