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Perusall: Getting Started for Students

​​What is Perusall?

Perusall is a social annotation tool that allows you to collaborate and communicate with peers directly within a course reading. Perusall supports the reading process by calling out important areas of the text and prompting you to think critically about the reading. It also allows you and your peers to support each other by asking and answering​g each other's questions.

View a Perusall Assignment

​1. ​Once you log in to Blackboard and access the Perusall assignment link, you will be directed to a document or textbook in the Perusall platform.​

Click the Perusall link in your Blackboard Course 

​2. The first time you access Persuall, you may have to agree to the Terms of Service. Click Ok to accept. You may also see a Perusall Tour that serves as a quick orientation. After reviewing this information, you will be taken to the assignment. 

Note: If you are accessing a textbook, you may be prompted to purchase it if you haven't previously. You can purchase online with a credit card, or you can purchase a Perusall access code at the UHD bookstore that you can redeem within Perusall for access to the book. ​See more about this below

3. When accessing the document or textbook, you will want to read the assigned text and follow any instructions provided by your instructor.

Instructions from your instructor are found at the bottom right

4. If you do not see assignment information, click on the link for the Assignments tab at the top of your screen.
5. On the Assignments page, select the assignment you want to complete and then click Work on Assignment.

Work on assignment 

Purchase Textbooks

If you are accessing a textbook, you may be prompted to purchase it if you haven't previously. You can purchase online with a credit card, or you can purchase a Perusall access code at the university bookstore which can be redeemed within Perusall for access to the book.

Annotations &​ ​Conversations

  • The Perusall interface consists of a left-hand main menu and a content area on the right in ​which annotation activities will occur. When you open a document, you may see highlights on the document that represent comments that your instructor and other students have entered: 
  • Yellow highlights indicate comments or questions by you or other students; blue highlights indicate comments from your instructor. 
  • To start a conversation, highlight some text; once you finish highlighting, you will see a panel open on the right where you can type your comment. Press Enter or Return to submit the comment; your classmates will see it appear in real time.

Start a conversation by highlighting text and then typing in the right-hand panel

  • When someone responds to your question or comment, you will receive a notification by email and you can post a reply by either signing on or merely replying to the email. 
  • To add to a conversation started by one of your classmates, simply click on the highlight in the text to open up the conversation panel, type your comment, and then press Enter
  • You can also highlight part of a figure or image rather than text by using the toolbar buttons at the top. When you have elected to highlight an image, click and drag to draw a box around the area of interest, or simply click to drop a map pin. 
  • While reading the document, change which comments you see by clicking the filter dropdown at the top of the page (which says All comments by default).​ 

See a co​mplete list of tools  you can use in Perusall below:​

​Perusall Tools

Returns you to the last point that you were reading. Zoom in/out or change the fit of the page. Chose what to display on the pag

  1. ​Returns you to the last point that you were reading.
  2. Zoom in/out or change the fit of the page.
  3. Chose what to display on the page, from all comments to no comments.
  4. Chose between annotating text or selecting large areas to annotate.
  5. Toggle the current conversation view.
  6. Show all conversations on this document.
  7. Show page thumbnails.
  8. Search option.
  9. Show notifications.
  10. Show your private notes.

​​How is annotation quality determined?

Your instructor may include the quality of your annotations/comments as part of your Perusall assignment score. This page displays an example of some comments at various annotation quality levels, so you have an idea of how annotation quality is determined.​


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Last updated 2/18/2022 3:22 AM