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Learn the Basics of Searching

Using the Search Engine in Logos 5.

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Windows Mac OS X

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Vista (or higher) OS X 10.6.8 (or higher)

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Logos 5.0+

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Because of its powerful Search Index, you are able to search your Logos library very quickly. This is one of the most powerful features of Logos and using it properly can make a world of difference in your study. We'll discuss a few of the basics below.

How to begin

Click on the Search Icon to open the Search panel and begin your search. At the top-right side of the panel, you'll find several search types (these may vary, depending on your base package): Basic, Bible, Clause, Morph and Syntax.

Each option will give you different results and sometimes provide different options to search by. Select a search type to begin.

Basic Search

A Basic Search will search your Entire Library. This is a great place to search your Commentaries, Dictionaries, and other resources for words or phrases.

    Words VS Phrases
  • You can search a group of words by typing multiple words in the "Find" field, or by adding the modifier "AND" between words.
  • To search for a phrase, put it "in quotes".

Logos 5 includes a powerful new Search Suggestions feature to help you build your searches and recommend possible ways to search. This is available on most search options.

Using Search Modifiers

You can use modifiers to create Boolean searches. If you'd like to find a phrase containing two words, but you don't know the exact phrase, try the modifier "WITHIN # WORDS". For Example: Jesus WITHIN 5 WORDS Disciples will find occurrences where "Jesus" and "Disciples" are mentioned within 5 words of each other.

    Try these other modifiers:
  • AND
  • ANDNOT
  • OR

Adjusting the Scope

You can adjust the scope of your search in two ways; by Field or by Collection. The default method is to search All Text in the Entire Library. To change this, click the relevant blue text.

Changing Fields
  • Click on "All Text" to change the fields you're searching.
  • Click the small arrow next to "Search Fields" to see additional options.

This is how you might search by only Chapter Headings (Heading Text), for example. You could also try searching by only text you've highlighted by selecting the appropriate option.

Changing Collections
  • Click on "Entire Library" to change collections.
  • You can select "All Open Resources" to search only the books already open on your screen.
  • OR, select one of your predefined collections, tags, or series from the list.

This is a great way to sift out unwanted results when you have a general idea of where you want to look. Uncheck all boxes and set collection to "Entire Library" to return to the default settings.

Tip: Are you looking for a proper name or a specific form of a word? Click the panel menu icon and select "Match case" or "Match all word forms".

Additional Search Types

Bible Search

The Bible search type works the same as a Basic search, but is optimized for searching your Bibles. You'll get results by Chapter and Verse, and find some extra options to organize those results.

Remember to click on the blue text to change your search options.

Clause Search

Logos Bible Software 5 introduces a powerful new search type called "Clause Search that allows you to search in ways never before possible. Click here for more in-depth training on this feature.

Morph & Syntax Searches

Are you familiar with Greek and/or Hebrew? You might benefit from the Morph & Syntax search types. These allow you to search the original language texts by lemmas and morphology.

Last Updated: 10/7/2013