Help with search string for DATE RANGE

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Myke Harbuck | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, May 3 2016 8:16 PM

Howdy scholars, 

How would I search for a topic or word that is in proximity to a date range. Say, for example, I wanted to see when these terms/names/subjects are used near EITHER dates that are tagged as such OR dates that are simply listed as characters (for example, I see sometimes that dates do not have the date flag symbol beside them, like say 125 AD with no label). 

Then there's the complexity of "late fifth century AD" sometimes being the label verses other times its 475 AD as the label, and I'll need to include both in that range to make sure I dont miss any hits, right?

So here are the terms I need, in proximity to centuries, like 1st century AD [1AD - 99AD], then 2nd century AD [100AD to 199AD], etc, etc, etc....

(diakon* OR diacon* OR diakŏnŏs OR deacon* OR <Topic Deacon> OR <Sense deacon> OR <Person Deacons> OR διάκονος)

Any wisdom would be appreciated! I need as many hits as I can get, esp in the mid-evil period! 

Myke Harbuck
Lead Pastor, www.ByronCity.Church
Adjunct Professor, Georgia Military College
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The date datatype is pretty flexible in its syntax.

For example, you can search for: <Date 1st century AD> to find any dates in the first century.

Or search for: <Date = 1st century AD> to find references to exactly the first century.

Also valid is: <Date late 1st century AD>

Or: <Date mid 1st century AD>

You can also right click on a date and select the date on the right side of the context menu, then select the "Search all resources" option to find the valid way to refer to a particular date you might find.

If there isn't a flag icon (and the "Timeline events" visual filter is turned on), then the date has not been tagged, and you won't be able to search using the Date datatype as shown above. The date will also not show up in the right click menu.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 4 2016 3:45 AM

Andrew Batishko (Faithlife):
<Date late 1st century AD>

That's extremely useful and powerful. It needs to be documented somewhere - we would never have worked that out on our own! (I knew about <Date 1975> or <Date 31 August 1975>, but not about this.)

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Mark Barnes:

Andrew Batishko (Faithlife):
<Date late 1st century AD>

That's extremely useful and powerful. It needs to be documented somewhere - we would never have worked that out on our own! (I knew about <Date 1975> or <Date 31 August 1975>, but not about this.)

I agree. I'll create a case to get this done.

You can look through the Timeline tool for other possible uses. The date rendering on the items in there are all direct renderings of Date references. The only other particularly useful feature I spotted there (with a quick scan) was the ability to specify ranges as part of the reference, millennium references, and use of "ca":

<Date ca 2400 BC - mid 1st ML BC>

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 4 2016 4:11 AM

Andrew, how about a short video tutorial.

Everything ever written in Religion and Theology formatted for Logos Bible Software.Logos Youtube Channel

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 4 2016 8:45 AM

Andrew Batishko (Faithlife):

Mark Barnes:

Andrew Batishko (Faithlife):
<Date late 1st century AD>

That's extremely useful and powerful. It needs to be documented somewhere - we would never have worked that out on our own! (I knew about <Date 1975> or <Date 31 August 1975>, but not about this.)

I agree. I'll create a case to get this done.

Please update Logos 6 Help:

Timeline Learn More could link to Advanced Searching with several Date Range examples.  Search Fields already has link to Advanced Searching

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Andrew Batishko (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 13 2016 10:04 AM

We don't currently have plans to place this information in the help file. However, here are a few more examples of date searches that you can do. This list could potentially be cleaned up by someone and moved to the wiki.

  • <Date AD 1> (AD can go before or after)
  • <Date 1> (AD is assumed)
  • <Date 2 BC> (BC can go before or after)
  • <Date early AD 11> (use early, mid, or late)
  • <Date 1st half of AD 11> (use 1st half, or first half, or 1H)
  • <Date 3rd quarter AD 11> (specify quarter just like half)
  • <Date spring of AD 11> (use spring, summer, fall, autumn, or winter)
  • <Date early autumn of AD 11> (use early, mid, or late with the season)
  • <Date early winter (austral) of AD 11> (use austral for southern hemisphere seasons)
  • <Date 1 BC - AD 2> (separate dates with "-" or "to")
  • <Date first millennium AD> (or 1st ML)
  • <Date 2nd century AD> (or second c. AD)
  • <Date 12th or 13th century>
  • <Date 12th/13th c.>
  • <Date 1100s> (an entire century; AD is assumed)
  • <Date 550s> (an entire decade; AD is assumed)
  • <Date five fifties>
  • <Date 5th decade of the 500s AD>
  • <Date 5th decade of AD 500>
  • <Date first half of the 500s AD>
  • <circa AD 1000>

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