Parallel Resources

What are Parallel Resources?

  • Parallel Books allow you to quickly change the book in the current tab to that of another book with the same reference
    e.g. same Bible passage, same topic/headword, same Greek lemma.
  • Parallel Books can only come from resource types that are indexed similarly e.g.:
    • bibles, bible commentaries, bible notes and study bibles.
    • encyclopedias and bible concordances.
    • original language lexicons
  • When Parallel Books is available you will notice the icon in the resource toolbar.
  • Parallel Books will always have the default All Parallel... column but there can be additional columns for Collections
    (see Collections & Parallel Books).

How do I open Parallel Resources?

  1. Click on the Parallel Book sets icon

  2. Notice the drop down All Parallel.. menu (there could be another column for a collection).
  3. A list of parallel books is present in the menu.
    Note that the open book has an orange bar next to it.
  4. Click on one of the books in the list. It will change to that book in your tab.

Collections & Parallel Resources

How do I get a Collection to appear in Parallel Resources?

  • You will need to setup your collections prior to using them this way (see Collections).
  1. Click on Tools in the top menu.
  2. Click on Collections in the drop down menu.
  3. Click on the Open button in the toolbar and open the collection that you want to use for Parallel Books.

  4. Click on the checkbox so that this collection can be used with Parallel Books.
  5. Repeat the above to enable other collections that you want to use with Parallel Books.
  • Note:
    • don’t use a collection if you like the default All parallel books list.
    • use a collection that reflects your intended usage e.g. a collection of Greek lexicons rather than Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic lexicons.
    • a collection of bible commentaries, study bibles and bible notes can be used with any open bible commentary.

Why don’t I see my Collection in Parallel Resources?

  • Make sure that you have your collection checked to be used with Parallel Books.
  • The book that you are using is not in that collection:
    • if possible, switch to a book that is in that collection, and
    • check your collection rule to see why that book is not included.
  • Your entry in the Reference box (below) may not be found in any other books for that collection:

    • For some resource types this isn’t unusual i.e. bible dictionaries.
      Check your collection rule to see if any books have been excluded.
    • If it is a Bible/Commentary:
      • the reference could be outside your preferred canon; for which you only have one bible/commentary.
      • if it is an OT reference the other books in the collection may only cover the NT (and vice-versa).
  • If you have more than one Collection with this book, you may need to change the Parallel Books page

What is displayed in Parallel Resources?

  • Books which are indexed similarly to the current book
    e.g. bibles and bible commentaries.
  • Books which match the reference in your reference box.
  • Collection(s) which have books that are considered to be parallel.

  • If more than two collections are available you will see a page changer at the bottom of the drop down menu.

I don’t see the Parallel Resources icon

  • If the resource panel is too small the icon will not display.
    • Try enlarging the panel until your see the icon
  • Not all books qualify:
    • Books which don’t have a Reference box
    • Books which have only page numbers in the reference box.

What is the order of Books in Parallel Resources?

  • They follow the order that you have set in your Library’s Prioritization list, but note that:
    • books appear only if they can match the reference in the reference box.
    • the All Parallel... column will include resources outside of your collection(s).

Tip: use the keyboard to navigate

  • Click in the text/viewing area of the panel; not on the toolbar
  • Use the Left/Right arrows on your keyboard to sequence through a list of parallel books.
    [Mac Users: Cmd-Left and Cmd-Right]
    • Once that you have passed the last book, it will start at the beginning of the list.

  • If you have multiple collections checked for use with this book, you can select which column to use for parallel books:
    • click on the Parallel Books icon.
    • click on the column to use.


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