Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.
The Logos team has tagged the words of Scripture referring to people, places, and things. This referent dataset then allows us to locate every mention of a specific person, place, or thing regardless of the words used to reference them. For example, we can locate all the places in the Bible Timothy is mentioned, whether he’s referred to by name, with a pronoun, or though a term like disciple or man.
We have thousands of other words in books, though, which reference people, places, and things. These words, however, are not tagged. The best we can do is search for entities by name like Paul, Corinth, or shield. That is until now!
Through the power of a new Logos 6 tool called Community Tags, users can tag words in resources according to the people, places, and things they reference.
- Open the resource Alone with God to page 56 (A)
- Select (highlight) the phrase his name in the first paragraph (B)
- Right click the selection (C)
- Select his name from the context menu (D)
- Select Add community tag (E)
- Type David in the Add community tag box that appears (F)
- Select the person David from the drop-down list (G)
- Notice that underneath his name, Logos places a dotted gray line representing a community tag (H)
- Rest the cursor on the line to see a rich preview of David (I)
Logos will also synchronize this tag to the accounts of other Logos users so they’ll benefit from your tagging.
So what’s the benefit of Community Tags? The ability to search them!
- Right click the tagged text his name (J)
- Select David Person from the context menu (K)
- Select Search community tags (L)
Notice in the search results, all the resources with community tags referencing David, including Alone with God (K)! We’re now locating people, places, and things in our books—not just our Bibles.
You can learn more about Community Tags in the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual.