What's the best way to build up a research bibliography?

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Jun 1 2014 11:16 AM

I have a penchant for researching all sorts of topics in Logos. I usually don't have time while I'm doing the research to read all the articles and book excerpts that I come up with in my research, but I'd like to collect a bibliography of them all to come back to later or just to have on hand for reference.

I can think of a couple of ways to go about this, but I'm wondering what method you use. Trying to find the most efficient and elegant way to do it.

One method is to drag each book or article or chapter I find that's relevant to my research into a Favorites folder for the topic I'm researching. Problem with this method: I usually have to rename the entry in Favorites to be the name of the article/chapter with the book or journal issue it's in in parentheses afterwards, since the default is usually the other way around and I like a quick way to see what it is I'm linking to. Also this isn't really a true bibliography. I would love it if you could right click on a folder in Favorites and choose "Create Bibliography" and Logos would automatically generate a bibliography for you (formatted correctly, with links to the right spot in each of the resources) from all the entries in that folder.

Another method is to use Clippings, but that's more time consuming, because you've got to drag a selection to include all the text from the location you've found, when really all I need is the name of it and a link to it in its context. I prefer to have the full context available. Clippings are somewhat limiting that way. At least with Clippings there is the option to Save as Bibliography, but it isn't a live-linked bibliography, which is what I want.

The most tedious, but only completely satisfying, method I've found thus far is to manually create the bibliography in Word as I go, and hook up links to all the source texts. Pain in the wazoo. Has anyone found a way to automate this task somewhat?

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David A Egolf | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jun 6 2014 5:50 PM

I've been using your first technique for a couple of years.  I take advantage of sub-folders for topics like "to investigate" or "Original documents".  I also like to create at least one notes file associated with the research and copy snippets to it for later.  Notes files created in advance can serve for later lecture preparation.  I like notes, as opposed to clippings, since I can access them from my tablets.  I tend to dump large excerpts in my notes files so they serve as repositories of clippings.

Favorites also allow timelines, passage guides, and even search results to be included.  One has to be careful with searches since criteria like "All open Bibles" is dynamic.

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Kent | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jun 7 2014 8:54 AM

I use the free version mind mapping program The Brain 8. It allows me to list and hyperlink to the URLs in Logos. I can create a bibliography, and by clicking the entries in The Brain, it opens the Logos resource to the page or article I linked. Very useful.

The Brain also has its own separate Note function for each entry as well as its own internal search capability.

Edit: I might also mention that it can create links between individual bibliography and form them into one "Brain" which becomes a very powerful tool that is directly linked to my Logos.

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