In the "old" days, I would bookmark web sites in a browser and if I wanted to access those sites again, not only would I have to be on the same computer, but I would have to sift through a long list to find the site I wanted (maybe I had organized the bookmarks in folders, maybe not). If your computer crashed, your bookmarks were gone. Been there, done that.
Annotate, Archive, Organize
Searching your bookmarks
Tags are a powerful feature of Diigo for searching through your saved content. Think of tags like the keywords you would use in a Google search or how you would categorize the information. For example, if I had saved a web page on "voice" in writing and now needed to see what other resources I had also tagged the same way, typing that tag in the search would return a complete list. The more specific and numerous the tags, the happier you will be when you need to find the information again.
- Click HERE to view and copy the bookmarklet code (you will paste it later).
- Bookmark any site (you will change the bookmark in a moment)
- Go to your list of bookmarks and tap "Edit". Change the name of the bookmark to "Save to Diigo". Tap "Save".
- Go back to your bookmark list and tap "Edit" again, then tap the Diigo bookmark. Delete the URL and paste in the code from above. (Note: You can't do this in Step 3. You must save before your device will allow you to change the URL).
- Save the bookmarklet and test it out. When you tap it from any web page, the Diigo toolbar should appear at the top, as in the screenshots above.
Be social...or not
For those who have a strong web presence and want to share resources with others, it's a great way to curate sites on a topic (say query letters) and share them from your website or blog.
For more information...
Diigo follows a "freemium" model, so you can get most features with your free account, but some advanced features (unlimited annotations, cached web pages, etc.) come with a slight cost. If you are a teacher, check out the Educator accounts which give you free premium features and also a classroom dashboard for monitoring and sharing bookmarks with students (great for school research projects).
If you would like more in-depth help with getting started with Diigo, also check out Jennifer Gonzales's 3-part tutorial on Cult of Pedagogy.
How do you organize your research? I'd love to hear other ideas in the comments.