Learning Logos: How to Search Books While in the Library

A perceptive Logos user presented the following scenario to me:

I’m really enjoying the Sidebar in the Logos 8 Library, which makes finding books much easier. Once I locate specific books, however, is there a way to search them while I’m in the Library?

This is a great question, which gives me the opportunity to explain a perhaps underused Logos feature.

For this blog, let’s say we want to search our systematic theology books published after 2000 for the word kenosis.

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  • Drag the Library icon from the upper left of the program (A) onto the desktop so that it opens in its own tile (B)
  • Click the Sidebar icon in the upper left of the Library (C) so that the search filters are visible on the left (D)
  • Expand the Type section (E)
  • Click the Systematic Theology type (F)

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  • Notice all of your systematic theology books are displayed on the right (G)

  • Type this query in the Library’s Find box: pubdate:>2000 (H)
  • Notice the display is further filtered to only systematic theology books published after 2000 (I)

  • Select all of the books by pressing: (J)
    • Ctrl + A on a PC
    • Cmd + A on Mac

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  • Right-click on one of the selected books (K)
  • Select Search these resources (L)

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  • Notice a Search panel opens with Selected Resources ready to be searched (M)
  • Type kenosis in the Search box (N)
  • Press the Enter key to locate every occurrence of that word in your systematic theology books published after 2000! (O)

This is a pretty cool way to see resources you’re going to search without having to create official search collections.

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Morris Proctor is a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

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  1. Nelson Pardee says

    I have to be doing something wrong, but when I try to drag the library icon to the desktop, it gives the “no” symbol (circle with a line through it). what am I doing wrong?

    • Karen Engle says

      Hi Nelson! Thanks for your comment. That sounds like a tech issue—it should easily drag both on a PC and Mac. I’ll alert the team!

      Thanks, Karen

    • Karen Engle says

      Hi again,

      By dragging to the “desktop,” do you mean you are you trying to drag it onto your computer’s desktop? Try dragging it to the application workspace.


  2. Nelson Pardee says

    That’s it! As a long time, heavy Windows user, the desktop is the Windows desktop. If I’ve heard the Logos screen called the desktop, it totally flew by me.