Getting Started for Students
This guide walks you through how to set up an account with Manifold, how to highlight, and how to annotate Manifold texts. You don’t need an account to read Manifold texts, but if your instructor has asked you to highlight and leave annotations, you’ll need to create an account with CUNY’s Manifold instance.
To create an account, go to manifoldapp.cuny.edu. Click on the
On the next screen, click on the “Need to sign up?” button that appears underneath the “Log in” button.
Then, follow the prompts to enter in the necessary information, and click “Create Account.” Be sure to capitalize the first letter of your first and last name, or you will get an error message. After clicking on “Create an Account,” you will be taken to a page where you can upload a photograph if you like or edit your profile. At this point your account has been created and you are logged into Manifold. Click on the “X” in the upper right-hand corner to exit out of the edit profile screen and get started.
Now that you have created an account and are logged into Manifold, use the link your instructor provided to your assigned reading.
If your instructor is using a reading group for your course, click on the invite link he or she has provided to join.
On the assigned text’s home page, explore the information and resources your instructor might have displayed there, and then click the “Start Reading” button to enter the reading interface.
In the reading interface, click on “Contents” to display the table of contents. Click on titles to enter that section.
In the reading interface, there are buttons in the upper right hand corner that allow you to control the look and feel of the text. The areas of text that are highlighted in green indicate places others have highlighted. Underlined areas indicate places that others have left annotations. Click on passages of underlined text to view and reply to annotations.
Grey boxes within the text indicate places where a resource has been embedded in the text. Click on the box or its corresponding thumbnail in the margin to open the resource.
To interact with the text, highlight a passage with your cursor and click “Highlight” or “Annotate” in the pop-up window. If your instructor is using a reading group, make sure the reading group is selected at the bottom of the pop-up window.
You can also click “Share” to share the passage to Twitter, or to get a citation for the passage in APA, MLA, or Chicago styles.