About the Path Creation Tool
The Path Creation Tool enables you to create your own annotated trail through the Web. You can add web pages as points and add notes about these pages. These points are connected together to form a path that others can follow (once you have made that path public). You can categorise a path as being relevant to a certain area of interest.
Viewing a path
Find the path you want to view by browsing or searching from the front page.
When you view a path you will be presented with a screen that is divided into two. On the left you will see notes and descriptions added by the path creator about the items that you are viewing, and on the right you are presented with a window that contains a particular web page. Above these is the navigation to follow the trail through the various pages.
You can follow any links that the item window contains and use the back button on your browser to retrace your steps.
Creating a path
Set up an account
To begin making paths you need to set up a free account by supplying some basic information and logging in. If you forget your password at any time you can set up a new one by supplying your email address and username.
Setting up a path
Once you have logged in you will be taken to your account overview screen. Here you have the option to Create a new path; follow this link. Now you will be asked to add a name and description for your path. We suggest you add details about yourself and your institution here, as well as a basic description about what the path is about.
You can also choose whether you want to make your path public or keep it private (just for you to see). We suggest that you keep your path private until you have finished it and are happy for others to see it (you can return and do this later). You can also categorise your path as being applicable to certain subject areas. When you have entered this information click on the Create button.
After you have set up your path you are given the option to Add a new point; click on this link.
You need to identify the various web pages that you want to add as points in your path. To do this it is a good idea to open up another web browser window or tab, then search/browse to find the pages that you want to include.
When you have identified a page that you would like to include in your path simply copy the URL in the box at the top of your browser.
Paste the URL that you have just copied into the URL box in the points page. Give your point a name e.g. 'Wilfred Owen in Uniform'. You can also add notes to this point. These could take the form of a description, or even ask those who will be viewing the path a question or to think about something in particular.
Click the Create button to save your point and the notes that you have added to it. You can then add another point to the path by following Add another point link. Repeat this process until you have added all the points that you would like to include in your path. Every new point is automatically added to the end of your path but you can reorder them at any time by entering the position they should be at in the Position box.
Editing your path
You can edit your path, your points and their position at any time by clicking on the title of your path when you are logged in
Follow the links to the individual points to edit, delete, or to reorder them. Alternatively follow the edit link under the path description to edit the name or description of your path as a whole, to re-categorise it, or make it private or public. You can also view your path (even if it is private) by following the viewer link.
Making your path public
To enable others to follow your path you must make it public. Whilst logged in, go to your path, select 'Yes, make it public' from the drop down list and click the Update button.
Now that your path is public you can find it by going to the front page and searching by its name or description, or looking under the categories you assigned it to. When you locate it, click on the link for your path. Your path will appear in the path viewer. You can share your path with others by sending them the URL of the viewer.