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Using Journals

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There are many journal series available in Logos, covering a wide range of focus areas, topics as well as articles on biblical passages. This article shows how to use Logos tools and capabilities to find journal articles that are directly relevant to your particular study focus. There are four main ways to do this:

  1. Using the Factbook
  2. Using Guides
  3. Using the Search feature
  4. Opening Journals directly from your Library

Note: Logos only displays results from journals you own.


Using the Factbook to Find Journal Articles

One of the easiest ways to access journal articles relevant to a particular topic, such as a person, place, or theme is by using the Factbook. The Factbook can't be used to find journals relating to particular biblical passages, you need to use a Guide for that. Here's how:

  1. Open the Factbook.
  2. Enter a topic.
  3. Expand the Journals section, and choose from the listed articles.
    Each article listed in this section has been tagged with the topic you entered in the Factbook.

The example shown below relates to a particular person. Selecting any entry opens the specified journal to the appropriate article:


Here's an example demonstrating how to do the same thing but for a specific place:


Using Guides to Find Journal Articles

Most Guides feature a Journals section that displays journal entries tagged with the specific passage or topic you're studying.

The Passage Guide, for example, reveals journal articles relevant to the passage you entered. Click an article to open the journal to that entry.


Note: There's a search option at the bottom of the section. If you hover over it, Logos displays the search syntax it would use. We'll look at this search syntax later in this article.


Similarly, the Topic Guide has a Journals section, which displays journal articles tagged with the topic you're studying.


You can also use a Basic Search to find relevant articles. The search demonstrated in the Passage Guide above showed:

{Label Journal Article WHERE References ~ }

The key components of this search string are:

  • The opening and closing { }to indicate an extended search making use of things such as Highlights, Speakers or Addressees and - for our purposes here - Labels.
  • The Labelindicates that the search will operate on tags that have been added to the base text.
  • The Journal Articleindicates the type of tagging you're searching for.
  • The WHEREoperator introduces your search term.
  • The search term itself. In this case, we're searching for a Bible reference. The ~ used here indicates that the search term needs to intersect the label, it doesn’t need to match it exactly. Use = for an exact match.

Click here for more information on using Labels in Searches.


The search above return these results:


Use the following label types as you search for journal articles:

  • Title ~ "..." — The title of the article
  • Author ~ "..." — List of article writers’ names
  • Topics ~ — List of topic data type references associated with the article
  • References ~ <...> — List of other associated data type references
  • Date ~ — Date data type reference specifying publication data of the article
  • Editor ~ "..." — List of article editors’ names

It also includes a couple of helpful search examples:

  • {Label Journal Article WHERE References ~ AND Topics ~ }
  • {Label Journal Article WHERE Author ~ "F. F. Bruce" AND Date ~ }

Note: You can combine different attributes, such as biblical reference and topic to refine the search.


Opening Journals Directly From Your Library

To find and open journals within your Library, click the Library icon on the menu bar, and use the filters on the left to select journals.


Use other filters, such as Subject, Author, or Series to focus on journals you're particularly interested in.


Click any journal to open it.

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