Note: This video was made using an older version of the software.
Having an understanding of geography, and where particular events took place, is an important aspect of study. Logos provides a range of maps and ways to engage with them to help with this. Here’s how to access maps and get the most value from them:
- Using the Atlas to understand the geography relating to different events or people
- Using the Factbook to access selected maps relating to particular places
- Using a Media Search to find all of the images and videos in your library related to a given place
- Using Carta Resources to view richly detailed mapping and related information
Using the Atlas
The Atlas provides access to a rich range of maps but also links locations to people and events, providing information in context. One way of opening it is from the Tools menu.
You can also access it from the context menu (right-click a place, select it on the left side of the context menu, and click Atlas on the right).
This will open the Atlas with a filter applied to display only those maps related to your selected place.
Once you have the Atlas Tool open, use the filter box at the top left to find maps relating to the person, or place, or event you are interested in. One of the key features of the Atlas is that it doesn’t just show information about geography, but also about what happened in those places.
Enter a place in the Filter box and select an entry from the dropdown menu to get a list of maps relating to that place.
Entries are grouped by historical era.
Select one to access that map with information showing what happened there.
Opening the dropdown list to the right of the selection panel provides information about what the map is showing.
Zoom in and out using the scroll button on your mouse or the buttons at the top-right of the tool. Pan over to other places on your map by dragging it with your mouse.
You can also find places relevant to particular people in the same way.
Or you can specify a particular event in biblical history and find where it took place.
Using the Factbook
Another way to access geographical information (and not just information in the Atlas) is with the Factbook.
You can open the Factbook by clicking its icon on the toolbar or from the Tools menu.
In the Factbook, enter the name of a place you’re studying, then select the entry from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, right-click the place in the text you are studying, select the Place entry in the Context Menu, and open the Factbook from there.
This will open the Factbook to the article on that particular place. The Media section displays thumbnails linking to relevant images.
Click a thumbnail to open the associated tool or resource.
Using a Media Search
Another alternative is to use a Media Search. This search can be invoked directly from a Factbook entry or by running the search for yourself. Here’s how:
- Click the search icon on the toolbar to begin.
- Select the Media option.
- Enter a place in the search box and select the entry from the dropdown menu.
Logos displays results in three main sections:
- Media Collections (collections of media supplied and curated by Faithlife)
- Atlas entries
- Results from resources in your library
The results you see will depend on the resources you have in your Library. Click a thumbnail to open the resource (or Tool) to that entry.
You can refine the search in a number of ways.
To constrain the search to particular types of entries, click the All Media button and select the type of images you want from the dropdown menu
This will rerun the search and only return results matching the type you selected.
You can also constrain your search to particular resources. To do this:
- Click All Books
- Enter the resource (or collection) you want to search in the search box
- Select the required resource(s) from the options presented.
This will only return results found in that resource or those resources.
Using Carta Resources
One particularly rich set of resources for mapping and related information is from Carta. If you have those resources (they’re included in all Logos packages Silver and above), it is well worth creating a collection containing them.
With your collection created, you can specify it in a Media Search and just get results from those resources.
Note: To quickly and easily reuse this particular search later, simply drag it to your toolbar to create a toolbar shortcut providing one-click access.
Click one of the results to open the associated resource.
As well as providing high-quality maps and images, the Carta resources provide detailed notes and commentary relating to events that took place in various locations. This can be a real help when studying a particular location.