How do I look up a "normal" english word/use a non-bible dictionary?

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Sharon Hillam | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Oct 2 2020 8:43 AM

Logos Newbie here:

While stumbling around my library, perusing items listed as Manual in my library (and wondering what types of books or articles they are), I found Ancient Literature: Dataset Documentation.

Two questions:

1. Are ALL Manual items simply a type of internal documentation (something similar to what used to be the ReadMe file)?

2. The first sentence of the document says, "Several corpora of ancient literature have significant interchange with canonical (biblical) material." Rick Brannan, Ancient Literature Documentation (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015). How do I find the meaning of corpora? I tried highlighting and right-clicking on the word, then did Look Up, but don't see anything other than Wikipedia. I'm NOT a fan of Wikipedia for this type of definition. How do I get to a normal (non-biblical) dictionary? I also looked at Information and still didn't get anywhere.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 8:52 AM

Sharon Hillam:
1. Are ALL Manual items simply a type of internal documentation (something similar to what used to be the ReadMe file)?

Effectively - yes

Sharon Hillam:
2. The first sentence of the document says, "Several corpora of ancient literature have significant interchange with canonical (biblical) material." Rick Brannan, Ancient Literature Documentation (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015). How do I find the meaning of corpora? I tried highlighting and right-clicking on the word, then did Look Up, but don't see anything other than Wikipedia. I'm NOT a fan of Wikipedia for this type of definition. How do I get to a normal (non-biblical) dictionary

Do you have any English dictionaries in Logos?

When I right-clicked on that word in that resource it gave me access to three English dictionaries with a definition of the term.

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 8:58 AM

Greetings Sharon

Sharon Hillam:
1. Are ALL Manual items simply a type of internal documentation (something similar to what used to be the ReadMe file)?

Yes

Sharon Hillam:
. How do I find the meaning of corpora?
.

You went about it the right way. I think this will depend on what resources you have, and,how you have prioritised them.

Here is what it looks like for me.,,.

tootle pip

Mike

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Sharon Hillam | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 9:07 AM

Under "look up" (right click on "corpora") mine says "no results." (Can't do a screenshot because the popup goes away when I try to use my clipper.)

I guess I could use some help with another way to do a screenshot on a Windows 10 desktop.

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Sharon Hillam | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 9:10 AM

I figure out how to do the screenshot:

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Sharon Hillam | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 9:13 AM

Graham Criddle:
Do you have any English dictionaries in Logos?

I don't know. I recently upgraded to the Silver package. I would surely HOPE I do after paying almost $500! {grin}

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 10:18 AM

Does this show as owned?

https://www.logos.com/product/2666/merriam-websters-collegiate-dictionary-11th-ed 

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Sharon Hillam | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 11:12 AM

JT (alabama24):
Does this show as owned?

Unfortunately, no. $20 to purchase. Because I'm exercising self-control today, I won't grumble and complain. [grin] 

I did, however, learn that I can double-click a word and Logos will search my available resources. In this case, when I did that for "corpora," it brought up a couple of resources such that I eventually figured out it's simply the plural of corpus. (Actually, before that, I cheated and just copied and pasted the word into another window and used the online merriam-webster that way.)

Interestingly, when I'm on my iPad, I can perform a lookup and it DOES seem to reference an English dictionary..or somehow I stumbled around two days ago and managed to get to a standard dictionary. 

Thanks for your help. 

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 11:16 AM

Sharon Hillam:
Interestingly, when I'm on my iPad, I can perform a lookup and it DOES seem to reference an English dictionary.

The mobile app takes advantage of the English dictionary built in to iOS (when installed). 

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 11:18 AM

Sharon Hillam:
Unfortunately, no. $20 to purchase. Because I'm exercising self-control today, I won't grumble and complain.

You may find a better way to purchase through another base package... either now or when L9 comes out (whenever that might be). 

As an example: There was a denominational package that contained this resource available to me for less than the $20... but that is taking into consideration things I already own (dynamic pricing). YMMV. 

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Roy | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 11:36 AM

Sharon Hillam:
I guess I could use some help with another way to do a screenshot on a Windows 10 desktop.

I see from your next post that you found a solution. I would suggest that you check out an app called GreenShot.

It works well in Windows. I started using it when I worked in tech support for a software company. It was what they used. The free version worked quite nicely.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 12:01 PM

Sharon Hillam:
I did, however, learn that I can double-click a word and Logos will search my available resources. In this case, when I did that for "corpora," it brought up a couple of resources such that I eventually figured out it's simply the plural of corpus. (Actually, before that, I cheated and just copied and pasted the word into another window and used the online merriam-webster that way.)

I did want to add... 

I understand the frustration of not being able to quickly get an English definition through a source such as Websters. However, it is important to note that many resources use terms in technical ways and specialized dictionaries are often a better source to use. 

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Sharon Hillam | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 1:37 PM

Roy:
I would suggest that you check out an app called GreenShot.

I'll check it out! Thanks!

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Sharon Hillam | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 1:44 PM

JT (alabama24):
many resources use terms in technical ways and specialized dictionaries are often a better source to use. 

I understand. I'm just SO used to being able to highlight, right-click, and voila! Instant handy definition. (I'm ALL digital and have been for years. My husband and I have over 1700 Kindle books with no end in sight! LOL!)

But my little exercise this morning also brought out what you're saying, that most of the time, your average English dictionaries aren't appropriate for MOST words I would want to look-up while in Logos. Part of my learning curve is getting a handle on all the resources I currently have in my library. After that, I probably will rarely even have need of a dictionary outside my library.

Thanks!

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Roy | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 2 2020 10:46 PM

Sharon Hillam:
How do I get to a normal (non-biblical) dictionary? I also looked at Information and still didn't get anywhere.

Without spending any money you might also want to consider WordWeb. They have a free version and it seems to work 'ok' with windows. It does not work too well (hot key wise) on a mac though.

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