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Tutorial Library Basics
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Mark Barnes Library
FAQ on Resources
Organizing and Finding resources in the Library window
This section will describe
what is in the Library window,
how you can organize the Library window, and
how to use features in the Library window to view specific resources in the Library window.
It is often helpful to view videos which Logos and other users have made to help you learn about the Library window and its features.
(see the box in the upper right corner of this page for links to these videos)
Mac users, your views are very similar (a few images for differences are shown here, but to conserve screen space in browser windows we will not show both PC & Mac images for each image). Where there are major differences you may see a Mac_note with a link to Mac and PC User Interface Differences which will take you to more information on the difference.
Thank You for your patience!
Opening the Library window
- There are several methods that you can use to open the Library window. The subsections below will show you the methods.
- Click on the Library icon in the top menu. A large drop down showing your library will appear. This allows you to use the library without opening a window. When you are done with your library, just click outside the library drop down and it will close.
Opening in a floating window using the keyboard
- This is my favorite method.
- On your keyboard press the key combination Ctrl L.
- Notice that Logos has opened a new floating window for the Library window.
- If you already have the Library window open, then Logos will take you to it when you use Ctrl L.
Opening using the right click method
- In the top menu, right click on the Library icon.
- A drop down menu will appear.
- Open will open the Library window in a floating window.
- Open in a new tab will open the Library window as a new Tab. Logos will place the tab where it thinks best. After opening you can move the tab if it is not where you want it. (You might want to consider using the Drag & Drop method)
- Open in a floating window will open the Library window in a floating window.
How many books are in my Library?
- In the Find box at the top of your Library window, you will see a number (when the Find box is empty). This is the number of resources in your library. This will vary from user to user as each user may have a different base package and they may have bought other books.
- On Mac, click Library icon for pop-up (Find may not appear in Find box), the number to the right of the Find box is the number of resources in your library.
Opening a resource from the Library window
- You can open a resource from the Library window. This is a primary way to open resources that you may not remember the title or when you are looking for a specific book.
- Other methods for opening resources are listed after the end of the steps below.
- Locate the resource in the Library window that you want to Open.
- Click on the Title or the Resource Image. Logos will open that resource in you main window.
- Or if you want to control how the resource is opened, right click on the Title:
- In the pop-up menu, click on the method of how you want your resourced opened.
- You can also Open a resource in the following methods without using the Library window.
Available Columns in the detailed view
- When viewing your Library window in the Detailed mode (see step 2a in The Library’s toolbar), notice the Heading row under the Library’s toolbar (see image below).
There are several items which you can select to be shown as columns in this Heading row.
This section will briefly describe each available Heading column.
the resource’s cover image (shown at far left)
the resource’s type which is set by Logos
the resource’s Title
the resource’s Author
tag(s) that you set for the resource, see Tagging
the star Rating that you set for the resource, see Ratings
an Abbreviated title which you can set using the Info panel
an Alternate title that Logos sets
a copy of your (My) tags
(Logos 5 and above) tags assigned by other users
the date the electronic version was Published
language of a resource
publication date of the paper resource from which this version was made
the Publisher of a resource
the series to which a resource belongs
e.g. a volume belonging to a commentary series
library catalog subjects which Logos has assigned
shows the date resources were updated. Sort this to see recently updated books.
shows the mobile devices (if any) on which the resource has been downloaded.
shows who created the resource:
whether eBooks (Vyrso), Logos (Logos), or User Created (Personal Books).
- To change which columns appear or do not appear on the Heading row:
- Right click in a column on the Heading row.
- In the drop down list (see image in left column in above table), click to check or uncheck a column item
- You may have more columns than show on the Heading row, don’t forget to use the scroll bar to reposition the Library window so that you can view these columns.
- You can resize a column by grabbing the vertical bar on the column and dragging it.
- You can even hide the resource’s cover images. Just uncheck Image in the drop down list. (this will only hide the image in the Detailed view)
- See Rearranging Columns in the detailed view to learn how to rearrange the column(s) in the Heading row.
Sorting and Grouping resources
- The 17 columns may be used to sort or group resources in your Library in the detailed view. By default, the Library opens sorted by Title.
- You may click the column headers and Logos will either sort or group the currently shown Library content (which may be all of your resources or a filtered subset as shown in Using the Find box to filter your resource list in the Library window ).
- The columns for titles (i.e. Title, Abbreviated Title and Alternate Title), Rating and dates (Last Updated, Publishing Date, Electronic Publishing Date) will sort. The unnamed column header for the resource picture will sort by Title.
The screenshot shows the Library sorted by LastUpdate (see How to identify newly updated resources for a useful application of this sort order).
- The columns for Type, Author, Tags and MyTags, Language, Publisher, Series, Subjects and Edition will group the resources. The groups are alphabetically sorted and may be expanded or collapsed.
The screenshot shows the Library grouped by Type, with Bible Notes expanded. See Using a Column heading to filter your resource list for details.
- Clicking the column header will sort or group in alphabetical order, clicking the header again will reverse the sort order of the resources or groups, as indicated by the small arrow in the column header. Re-grouping will also collapse all groups.
Using the Find box to filter your resource list in the Library window
- You may have a large number of resources (books) in your Library. So to help you find resources Logos has provided the Find box to help you filter the list of resources shown in the Library window.
Entering text in the Find box to find resources
- First please ensure that you have the column Title selected. Otherwise you may only get a partial list of resources which match your text in the Find box.
- (yes you can use text in the Find box when other columns are used to sort your resources, but you need to be aware that you are performing compound filtering of your full resource list)
- For instance if you have tagged many resources with different tags and have My Tags column selected when you enter text in the Find box, you may not see all your compressed tags showing in the Library window.
- When entering text in the Find box (without a Search field), you will often see titles in the list which do not contain your text.
- When not using Search fields, Logos looks for your text in the title, subject, and other fields for your text and shows all the matching results in the Library window list.
- Using Search fields is described in the next section.
- This method can be quicker than using Search fields with your text. And many users realize they may need to manually scan through the list for what they want, but this is quicker sometimes.
- Example 1: In the Find box type: encyclopedia
Note: Logos changed Type for some fields. Bible dictionaries are now under Encyclopedia. So images were made before the change in Oct 5, 2010.
- Notice the number in the right side of the Find box. This is the number of resources that Logos found matching dictionary. (obviously this number will vary for each user depending on the content of their library)
- Now look at the list of resources in the Library window. You should see several dictionaries in the list. But you will probably also see other resources which you would not consider as dictionaries. Logos has them marked somewhere that they may be relative to a dictionary in some way. In the next section you will learn how to use Search fields to limit your text to a specific field (column).
- Also notice in the blue circle with the x , you can click this to quickly clear the contents of the Find box. When the Find box is empty, Logos will show all your resources again.
- Now click on Rank on the left side of the Heading row.
- You may need to move the vertical scroll bar to the top.
- Notice that Logos has arranged your list (relative to dictionary) by rank.
- Try clicking on different columns in the Heading row and notice how Logos rearranges your list.
- Example 2: In the Find box type: henry
- Notice that you see several resources which have authors who have henry in their name.
- If you look through the list you probably will also see the Matthew Henry commentary.
- Example 3: In the Find box type: kjv
- You can also use common abbreviations for Bibles or Commentaries or other books.
Using Search Operators in the Find box
- The library supports the usage of search operators such as AND, OR, ANDNOT to retrieve your resources (see http://wiki.logos.com/Search_HELP for additional information on searching in Logos).
- Just fill in your search command into the library search field ( Find box).
- Note that search operators are written in ALLCAPS while the search expressions and fields are not case-sensitive
Results come from any field in the library (except Last Updated)
- As explained above, Logos looks for your text in the title, subject, resource description and other fields for your text and shows all the matching results in the Library window list.
- You may specify the Search Fields where Logos looks for results, which will add for greater search precision (see below) – for convenience or if you are unclear which field contains the information you are looking for, you may just leave them out of your search input.
- Example: In the Find box type: Erickson systematic
- Notice the library finds “Christian Theology” although “systematic” is not in the title but in the resource description.
- Actually, the space character works as AND – the result is the same if you type erickson AND systematic
- Be prepared to sometimes get more results than expected: e.g. in the Find box type: lightfoot fathers
- Note that “Lighfoot” appears in the resource description of Holmes’ “Apostolic Fathers”
Search results may come from larger words – use strings to narrow down the results
- Logos finds results, even if the search text is just a part of the actual word found.
- You may search for strings (words in “quotation marks”) to get better results.
- To reiterate: since search results may come from any field, you may get unexpected results.
- Example: you remember there was one or more biographical resources in your library, named something like “XX people every christian should know”. So in the Find box you type: people every christian
- Note that searching for people found peoples, searching for christian found christianity, searching for every found everyone
- Note that we thus searched for resources that contain a word beginning with “people” and also a word beginning with “every” and also a word beginning with “christian” in any field. With five results we may spot the resource we looked for – fine.
- We may use quotation marks to search for exactly one string of words: in the Find box you type: “people every christian”
- You may mix search words and search strings: in the Find box you type: every christian “should know”
- Note that the above is identical to every AND christian AND “should know”
- Remember that results vary according to library – a resource that contains a title or description like “every christian should know his bible” would be found alongside the biographies we looked for.
- You may put one word into quotation marks to ask for an exact match – try e.g. searching for “sin” versus sin in your library (the latter matching sinner, single.....)
- The * stands for any number of characters (including zero)
- The ? stands for zero or one character
- Example: In our search above, you may not recall whether Erickson was spelled with c or ck – no problem: in the Find box type: Eric?son systematic
- In case you remembered something like “Erixon” - in the Find box type: Eri*son systematic
- Note the search Eri?son systematic does not find Erickson’s “Christian Theology”, since ck are two characters.
- Just searching for * will yield your whole library ( no need to trick Logos with rating:>=0 ) – this may be helpful in constructing “all but...” exclusion-searches, see below
AND and OR can be used, parentheses allow you to control the search
- AND may be written simply as space character, OR may be shortened to using the comma
- We have already seen the use of AND above, when we searched Erickson AND systematic
- Example: In the Find box type: Grudem OR Erickson
- Note two resources are found, a systematic theology by Erickson and a commentary by Grudem
- Using parentheses gives you control over how Logos understands your search text
- Example: In the Find box type: (Grudem OR Erickson) AND systematic
- Note that we search for resources which have “systematic” in any field plus either Grudem or Erickson in this or another field.
- Your results may vary – as we have seen, in the library queried here, there is Erickson’s systematic theology textbook “Christian Theology” but it doesn’t contain Grudem’s well-known book “Systematic Theology” - while Grudem’s TNTC commentary on 1 Peter is in the library, it is correctly not found, as “systematic” is not contained in any of the fields.
- Note that AND typically is stronger than OR, thus Grudem OR Erickson AND systematic is understood as Grudem OR (Erickson AND systematic) and searches for resources that either have Grudem in any field or that have Erickson as well as systematic in their fields. It helps using parentheses!
Negation (exclusion of results) works with ANDNOT or simply the minus sign
- You may exclude unwanted results with the search operator ANDNOT. This may be abbreviated with the minus sign directly in front of the search expression.
- Example: In the Find box type: lightfoot ANDNOT holmes
- Note that lightfoot -holmes yields the same results.
- Use caution, since you may exclude more resources than you wanted – if there was e.g. a sentence in a resource description like “Holmes was full of praise for this outstanding work by Lightfoot”, this search string excludes the resource!
- Note a technical restriction: the negation may not stand alone. If you just want to exclude resources, put * into the search string – thus e.g. in the Find box type: * -Perseus to exclude all Perseus resources.
Search operators may be freely combined with fields
- You may combine the search operators with fields for greater precision.
- Example: In the Find box type: didache lang:greek (or didache AND lang:greek )
- Note that the text “didache” is not contained in either of the Logos-supplied fields (not even in the resource description), but is found in the user-managed mytags for this resource (see Tagging for more info).
- Note that the (not selected) parallel English language resource as well as the Greek language resource have “Greek” and “English” in their resource description, thus didache AND Greek finds two and didache ANDNOT English finds no resource, so the fields come into play.
Using a Column heading to filter your resource list
- Using Column filtering can be very useful in locating resources.
- Columns that use this Compact/Expand viewing are: Author, Type, My Tags, Language, Series, Publisher, and Subject.
- Click on the Type Column in the Heading row.
(if Type column is not showing, see Available Columns in the detailed view and enable it. Or use the horizontal scroll bar to reposition the window so you can see the Type column.)
- Notice in the Library window that there are compacted rows which show different Types that Logos has tagged.
- If you click on one or more of these compacted row(s), Logos will expand that row to show which resources are found for that Type. To re-compact an expanded row heading, simply click on the row heading again.
- Under some Columns you might find this double hyphened symbol. It represents resources that were not associated with any of the fields in that Column. If you click on it, it will expand to show you those resources. This is useful when you are filtering with the My Tags column, it lets you see resource which you have not tagged.
- So experiment with this method. Start with the Type column and browse through the different row headings to see which books Logos has tagged with each type.
- Next experiment by clicking on different columns in the heading row. (e.g. Author, Type, My Tags, Language, Series, Publisher, and Subject)
Hiding books in your Library
- When you hide books, Logos removes them from your hard disk and they will not show in your Library or your Search results. Even though they are no longer on your hard disk, you still own them and can restore them when you want.
- See Hiding Books for details.