Collections - Bulk Add/Remove - Is there an easier way?

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chase thompson | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Oct 21 2019 1:14 AM

I've been with Logos since 2003 or so, and have a lot of resources. Collections is one of my most important features - I put together a sub-collection of resources (Early church fathers, Charles Spurgeon, etc) and then can search only that subset. Unfortunately, it appears that the only way to create a collection is by manual drag and drop which is very time-consuming when dealing with lots of resources. 

For instance, I want to create a searchable collection of letters. I have several volumes of letters by Martin Luther, Wesley, Spurgeon, Calvin, etc, but creating a collection is proving very difficult. When I enter Start with resources matching "letters," I get over 500 hits, most of which are undesirable. If I use a more specific term, the list is narrowed down, but I miss some key resources.

Is it the case that I have to drag every single non-matching resource *individually* to the 'minus these resources' section?  There needs to be a better way to bulk remove (or add!) resources. Perhaps an alt click whereby I can select several resources at once to drag to the 'minus these resources section?' As it is, the usefulness of collections is limited, because it is difficult to build them when you have many resources. 

I spend quite a bit of time searching for a post on this issue before posting. I have seen this feature requested many times in the past, and am surprised it is not available yet. 

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GregW | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 21 2019 3:35 AM

For something where the definition is as loose as letters (especially as the word "letters" appears in the titles of a lot of commentaries), I would normally tag the resources I want in the collection as "letters" and make the rule "Mytag:letter" as below: 

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GregW | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 21 2019 3:39 AM

Alternatively, there is a resource type for letters so you could make the rule "type:letters"

EDIT: This rule also thins it out a bit better to catch monographs that are largely made up of letters - 

title:letters ANDNOT type:(commentary,encyclopedia,harmony,magazine)

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 21 2019 12:33 PM

chase thompson:
I spend quite a bit of time searching for a post on this issue before posting. I have seen this feature requested many times in the past, and am surprised it is not available yet. 

The Library wiki has a section on Search fields which can be used in Collections. I prefer Tagging (mytag:) to manually dropping resources in the 'Plus' and 'Minus' sections. But check the Subjects field for standard tags  e.g. subject:letter  may be useful

A filter like subject:letter OR (title:letter AND type:monograph) in Library should help you decide what needs to be tagged. In my case, it would be better to tag  (in one go)  all the letters, and my collection rule would be mytag:letters

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