Topic Guide

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Updated for Logos 6+



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What is the Topic Guide?

Topic Guide will collection information from your library about a topic or concept found in the Logos Controlled Vocabulary dataset. It basically maps equivalent topics that appear in your bible dictionaries (and other resources) to a single topic/name. So you can type what you think may be a topic name and select one of the suggestions that appear in a drop down menu – usually with Topic appended.
It provides the same information as the Topic Search in Everything and more.







How do I open the Topic Guide?

Opening from the Home Page

          

Enter a topic word into the Go Bar on the Home Page and it will create a layout that also includes the Topic Guide, your preferred bible, and your top five bible dictionaries.

Opening from the Guides menu

          

  • Click on Topic Guide in the menu; or
  • Select a custom Guide e.g. My Topic Guide.


Opening from the right-click Context menu

Right click a word in your bible to open the Context menu:

  • select Selection on the right hand side e.g. hungry
  • select Topic Guide on the left hand side.
    • Topic Guide will open in a new tab.


Opening a saved Topic Guide

Open the Guides menu and click on one of the listed(saved) Topic Guides on the right:

(Logos 4) Saved guides are not displayed in the menu, so it is advised that you drag your guide into a Favorites folder before closing the guide. Then it can be opened from Favorites in the future.


Sections in the Topic Guide

Basic parts of the Topic Guide

When you make changes to sections in a Topic Guide Logos saves the guide (see Opening a saved Topic Guide). Don’t confuse a saved guide with a Custom Guide.

Shown here is an example with all sections collapsed.

    

  1. Topic Guide Menu
    Click on the Topic Guide icon to open the menu.



  2. Title section
    This is found in all guides. The header will show your topic, or if you previously entered a title, it also shows your title. The Title and Description boxes appear when you click on the header.

  3. Opening and Closing Sections
    Sections remember their last used state. If the section was collapsed on the last run, it will begin collapsed the next time.
    To open a section simply click anywhere on the section header.



    Remove a section from the report by clicking on the “X”

  4. Add Sections
    Add allows you to include other sections in your guide, but it is not permanent unless you create a Custom Guide (the method is the same for any guide).


Topic section

This section lists bible dictionary articles pertaining to your topic, together with links to features such as Factbook, Sermon Starter Guide, and possibly more.



This section offers scriptural references relevant to your topic:



  • Key Passages lists curated passages that are relevant to the topic.
    • Not all topics have this list.
  • See also lists verses that were collected from a number of Bible dictionaries.


Sermons section

This section lists sermons that have been tagged as relevant to your topic. Note that results may be sparse apart from sermons within published sermon collections.


  • User-added Sermon labels from Personal Books and Sermon documents are also searched by this section.


Illustrations section

This section offers links to sermon illustrations related to your topic.




Media Resources section

This section provides thumbnail images linking your topic to media items from your library.




Adding sections to the Topic Guide

Logos allows you to Add various sections to your Topic Guide and some can be added multiple times e.g. Collections.
The guide is saved when you do this but the sections will only appear for that specific Guide.
Sections that can be added are shown below:
  
 

  • Click on Add in the toolbar to see it for youself.
  • See Logos Help for a description.
  • The ones that are grayed out are already in the guide. It also indicates that the section can only be shown once in the guide.
  • Sections which are black in color are available to be added to the guide.
  • If already in the guide it means that the section can be added more than once. Usually these can be customized via Settings after the section is added.
  • When selected the new section will appear at the bottom, but you can drag it to where you want it (or you can drag it from the menu).


If you want the sections to appear each time you open the Guide, you need to create a Custom Guide, and then you can choose that Guide from the Guides drop down menu. If you name it My Topic Guide it will be preferred over the standard guide.


Deleting Topic Guides

Deleting a saved Topic Guide

Go to the Guides menu, right click a saved Topic Guide and click Delete.

In Logos 4 it is necessary to locate and open a saved guide to delete it:

  1. Open your saved guide (see Opening a saved Topic Guide)
  2. Click on the guide’s icon to see the drop down menu.
  3. Click on Delete this guide.
  4. Click on the X in the guide’s panel to close the guide.


Deleting a Custom Topic Guide

Warning: if you delete a custom Topic Guide its saved guides will also be deleted.

  1. Click on the Guides menu.
  2. In the drop down menu locate the custom guide that you want to delete and right click on it.
  3. In the pop-up menu click on Delete.


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