. Learn When to Use Notes in Logos Versus Clippings

Learn When to Use Notes in Logos Versus Clippings

image of man using Logos for a post about notes in Logos

Over the past few weeks, I’ve answered the same question several times, so I thought I’d make it the subject of this short blog. The question goes something like this:

Within Logos, we have both Clippings and Notes. Should I use both? If so, when should I use one over the other?

Just in case you’re unfamiliar, a Clippings file can be created on the Docs menu. It was added to the software several years ago and was designed to mimic “index cards.” If you’re around my age (closing in on 60), you recall taking index cards to the library to record your research for an upcoming paper. We now have “e-index cards” in the form of individual clippings saved within a Clippings document.

Within Logos, both Notes and Clippings save our research. So if you’re curious as to when to use Notes versus Clippings here’s my advice:

Think through what you’re going to do with the information you’re saving. Do you want to easily retrieve it in the future? Or are you going to discard it after you use it?

For example, let’s say you’re developing a sermon or lesson about Psalm 23. As you read through commentaries, dictionaries, sermons, and the like, you come across insights, quotes, or illustrations that may or may not make it into the sermon or lesson. You just need a temporary holding place for all of that data. The Clippings file will be a good choice. After your research, you’ll review that file as you develop your manuscript or outline and pull from it whatever you need. After you develop the finished product, you really don’t need that temporary housing for the data. You can delete the Clippings document if you like.

Let’s say, however, as you research Psalm 23, you come across a thought about shepherding that you want to see and review every time you read Psalm 23, much like a note in a study Bible. For that, you want to anchor a Note to Psalm 23:1, which will show up in all of your Bibles!

Obviously, these are broad strokes, but hopefully, you can see some benefits of both. You can certainly replicate “Clippings in Notes”, but NOT “Notes in Clippings.” Notes, by design, are more powerful, versatile, and retrievable.

I encourage you to please experiment with both for a while as you execute biblical research and develop your own system of saving data. You may find that a Notebook can also serve as a temporary storage container for your research much like Clippings, or you may decide that you like the simplicity of Clippings. Your choice.

For more detailed training about Notes and Clippings, please check out 24/7 video training at mpseminars.com.

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Morris Proctor

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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  • Thank you for this post. I have been a Verbum user for almost ten years and I often pondered that question. I have made great use of Clippings but often wondered if Notes was a better tool but your insight has confirmed my choice is best.
    Thank you.

  • I’ve been a Wordsearch user since the latter 1980s. It’s the only Bible program I’ve ever used and it has been a great blessing to be in my Bible study and sermon prep. I’m a retired Pastor of 46 years and still travelling and preaching most every week. My question is where in the world do I start in learning how to effectively use Logos at 73 yrs old?

  • Is there a way that I can add my Wordsearch to my Logos library without
    re-purchasing them?

    If the information has already been posted, I missed it.
    I’ll search while waiting for a reply.

    I remember when the The Expositor’s Bible Commentary was added to Logos. I already owned it in print and Pradis. I never learned to merge it to logos.
    I chose not to re-purchase it on this platfom, so I rarely use it.

    • Hi Timothy!

      I suggest checking the Wordsearch FAQ page https://www.logos.com/wordsearch-faq you’ll find more answers to questions you may have. And if you have specific questions about your books coming to Logos, check out this blog post that may be helpful!

      If you have additional questions, I suggest reaching out to our Customer Support team at 800-875-6467 or +1 360-527-1700 or email at cs@logos.com.

      Thanks! Karen from Faithlife

  • Just want to say thanks to Morris Proctor. As a decade old Wordsearch refugee I was less than happy to be learning new software.
    After a day or so I found the “Quickstart” series by you, and shortly after you did the 3 webinars specifically for Wordsearch refugees. By the time I got thru all three I was much more comfortable.
    I took the code you offered at the end of those Webinars and devoted a 4 day weekend to Camp Logos 1 and 2 at MPseminars. Now I am doing things with Logos I didn’t even think about before.
    Thank you for going the extra mile for all of us Wordsearch refugees.

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