Searching by Topic in JBC Journals

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Ben Hein | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Jan 3 2016 6:02 PM

Hi Friends,

I just bought the Journal of Biblical Counseling collection. The description says that I can search by subject or topic in the whole collection to find what I am looking for. However, when I open my search tool to this Journal collection, it will not let me search by topic at all. For example, if I try 

{Label Journal Article WHERE Topics ~ <Topic Anxiety>}

Nothing pops up (or any other topic).

If I try just

<Topic Anxiety>

still no results. In fact, if I search for

{Label Journal Article}

There are still no results! I checked my library and these resources are labeled as a journal, but they won't return as such in my search results.

I tried opening the topic guide and searching for anxiety there. There are no results in my journals section.

If I search just for the word "anxiety" of course I get thousands of results.

Is this collection just not indexed well, or am I doing something wrong to search for topics in this collection?

Rev. Ben Hein

Shady Grove Presbyterian Church (PCA)

Reformed Theological Seminary, M.Div (2017)

www.shadygrovepca.org

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Dave Moser | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 3 2016 6:34 PM

I love the JBC. It's one of my most-used resources.

I always do a basic search restricted to "Heading Text" and "Large Text." Gets me what I need almost every time:

See the highlighted search constraints above.

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Ben Hein | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 3 2016 8:14 PM

Dave,

Your response means the world to me. Any other tips for navigating the JBC well?

Rev. Ben Hein

Shady Grove Presbyterian Church (PCA)

Reformed Theological Seminary, M.Div (2017)

www.shadygrovepca.org

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 4 2016 3:10 PM

Ben Hein:
Is this collection just not indexed well

Ben Hein:

if I search for

{Label Journal Article}

There are still no results!

Which indicates it is not tagged for Labels. So a search of "Heading text" or "Large text" as suggested is all you can try.

Ben Hein:

if I try 

{Label Journal Article WHERE Topics ~ <Topic Anxiety>}

Nothing pops up (or any other topic).

Topics are not as obvious in other cases (where the journal is tagged) and I found Title to be more useful/intuitive e.g.

{Label Journal Article WHERE Title ~ "Suffering and the Spirit"} even though it could also be found with

{Label Journal Article WHERE Topics ~ <Topic Suffering> AND Topics ~ <Topic Holy Spirit>}

Dave
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