How To Search Logos.com (or Any Website) in a Flash

search on logos.com

Calling all nerd wannabes. I, on behalf of the Logos Pros, am about to share with you one of the most useful computer tips you will ever get. I mean that. I’m going to apply the tip to a narrow question: “What’s the quickest and easiest way to search Logos.com for a particular book or resource?”  The answer will help you with all the important sites you search online, from Google to Wikipedia to Beaniebabies.com.

Back to Logos: I search Logos.com many times each day. You who do the same could open a new tab every time you wanted to search for a book, author, commentary, or what have you. You could then type “logos.com,” then wait a moment for the site to load depending on your connection speed. You could then click inside the search box at the top of the page. You could then type “D.A. Carson.” You could then click “Go.” You could then finally get to your destination.

That’s the scenic route—except you don’t actually get to see anything interesting on the way, and you’re wasting gas, and there are potholes, and the kids are complaining in the back seat, “Daddy/Mommy, are we at the D.A. Carson page on Logos.com yet?!”

I don’t want to spend my life that way. I know a much more efficient method of searching the Logos site. It’s an open secret that works in Chrome and Firefox, in both Windows and Mac. It’s called “Keyword Searching.”

When I want to search Logos.com, I just open a new tab, type “l” for “logos,” and then type whatever I want to search for. Like so:

Searching for Carson on logos.com

Now I’ll show you how to set this up for yourself. I’ll do it in Firefox first, because it’s easiest there.

Firefox

  1. Go to Logos.com.
  2. Right-click in the search box (Mac: option-click).
  3. Click “Add a Keyword for this Search . . .”
  4. Give it the name “l Logos” (just to remind you what the keyword is and what it does) and the keyword “l.”

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Now you’re good to go. Whenever you want to search Logos.com for a book or author, open a new tab (Ctrl+T in Windows, Cmd+T on the Mac), type “l D.A. Carson” (or whatever you want to search for on Logos.com), and hit enter. Done. The kids in the back seat of the Internet will be happy.

Chrome

Now for Google Chrome, the world’s most popular browser:

  1. Go to logos.com.
  2. Search in the search box for “Carson.” (Just “Carson.”)
  3. Select all the text in your address bar (also called the “omnibox”) and copy it to your clipboard. It will look like this: https://www.logos.com/search?q=carson.
  4. Click the button with three lines near the top right, then click “Settings.”
  5. Click “Manage Search Engines,” and scroll to the bottom of the resulting dialog.
  6. Type “Logos” in the “Add a new search engine” field.
  7. Type “l” in the Keyword field.
  8. Paste https://www.logos.com/search?q=carson into the third field, but replace “carson” with “%s.” It will look like this: https://www.logos.com/search?q=%s.
  9. I told you Firefox was easier.
  10. But this is so worth it; please trust me.

Now you’re good to go. Whenever you want to search Logos.com for a book or author, open a new tab (Ctrl+T in Windows, Cmd+T on the Mac), type “l D.A. Carson” (or whatever you want to search for on Logos.com), and hit enter. Done. Your spouse will congratulate you on a shortcut well chosen and think quietly, “I got a real catch, didn’t I?”

An add-on will make this same kind of thing work in Safari; Internet Explorer has no similar tool that I’m aware of—can commenters correct me if I’m wrong, please?

Just try it

This keyword trick can be used with almost any site. What if you set up keyword searches for just Logos.com and Wikipedia, for example? How much fiddling and clicking would that avoid in a given day?

In all honesty, however, I understand that some people’s boats will remain unfloated by this tip. Hey—different keystrokes for different folks. It’s truly okay. We can still be friends. Just don’t complain to me when the kids in the back seat get on your nerves, and your spouse gives you that look that says, “I told you the other way was faster.”

mark ward
Mark L. Ward, Jr. received his PhD from Bob Jones University in 2012; he now serves the church as a Logos Pro. He is the author of multiple high school Bible textbooks, including Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption.

 

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Comments

  1. Wouldn’t it be easier simply to copy and paste the code you provided in step 8 into the third field? It worked for me.

  2. That Safari add-on.. Doesn’t seem to work.

    • I had something like this years ago in Safari, but I confess I didn’t test it this time. I’ll see what I can dredge up, and I wonder if any other readers have a better idea.

    • James McAdams says:

      Works fine for me – did you read the instructions on the link about how to set it up, etc?

  3. This explanation is confusing. I don't use Apple which is one of your examples. How do you do this in Logos or in Micrsoft Edge.

  4. Really cool capability … thanks.

  5. I tried the method for Safari but didn’t seem to work. So next I added the keyword search extension to Safari (free download), then went to logos. com, typed in D.A. Carson, and wolah! It brought up 23 pages on D.A. Carson. I tried Chrome with the method recommended above but didn’t work for me. I use Safari so I’m happy. Maybe it would work with chrome if it worked for Safari. PS. I’m an entry level computer user, not too technical

  6. Andrew Pak says:

    Much easier way to do this in Chrome: just type “www.logos.com” in the address bar and instead of hitting enter, hit the “Tab” button and you will be prompted to do a search in logos.com.

    • Different keystrokes for different folks. I will not judge people who do it this way. =)

      However, I search logos.com probably 20 times a day, so “l” really is substantially better for me. And I search many other sites many times a day, so my little system of one-keystroke shortcuts (“a,” “w,” “b,” etc.) is a lot more efficient than typing out the site names.

  7. site:logos.com Carson is also a trick worth remembering, since it will bring up forum results too and works much better than the CommunityServer search engine.

  8. Debby Stanley says:

    I have Safari and I use it all the time so I tried to do the Add-on but couldn’t do it. However, I only tried that after downloading Chrome and following the directions — 3 times. I still didn’t get the D.A. Carson resources in my library resources to come up.

  9. David Brown says:

    I must be doing something wrong. I’m using Firefox and DuckDuck Search Engine.
    When you say type “l D.C. Carson” to you mean type with the quotation marks or type what is within the quotations marks, ie l D.C. Carson

    Once entered, how do you edit or change that