Who primarily uses Logos Notes for their bible notes?

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nl | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Apr 14 2021 4:40 PM

I'm thinking of going completely digital with my notes so that rather than having a scattered mess of notes in a journal, I can instead somehow organise them all digitally eg. All my notes on Genesis are in the same Notebook rather than different journals, or I can highlight questions I have in a certain colour etc.

I would love to get any ideas and methods on both general note taking (my method is quite pathetic) and the use of the Logos software, anything that might help me come up with a good note taking system.

Feel free to show me images of your notebook/note setup, any help appreciated Smile

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Ted Weis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 14 2021 5:25 PM

I once kept noteworthy quotes in a physical notebook, but the more I used Logos, the more I use it to organize my notes. My system isn't great, but it works for me, and I've been doing it for so long I can't change now. I link quotes and articles to Bible passages. So, for example, Micah 6:8 is the place I keep anything related to social justice. Debate about the creation is linked to Genesis 1:1. The downside is after several years, there are dozens of links and its not very manageable, but you can search through My Documents. I still have a filing cabinet of notes from seminary, organized by Bible passage, doctrine, and topics, but I consult it less and less. Something like Evernote would be great for that, but I'm not interested in all the time necessary to convert those files. I think I remember some people on this forum using a combination of Logos notes and then a digital note storage provider like Evernote.

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Brad | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 14 2021 7:37 PM

I use a different notebook within Logos notes for each book of the Bible.  I link the individual notes within each notebook to whatever chapter, pericope, passage, verse or word/words for which the notes are relevant.  The individual notes within each notebook contain text from my thoughts, commentaries and other resources in Logos, and/or other resources or information from sources outside of the Logos environment.  Most of these notes are linked only to selected text ("selection") in my preferred Bible, but I also frequently link them to a given Bible "reference" so that they will appear in other translations and resources, when I want notes to be visible across my library for references to a given verse or passage.  I have other notes and notebooks I use within Logos as well, but that is the system I use for Bible notes. YMMV, but it works for me. Smile

In general, beyond your Bible notes, if you are trying to move beyond physical notebooks, take a look at Microsoft OneNote.  Free + cross-platform = a good combination.

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Dan Starcevich | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 17 2021 11:23 AM

I have tried to use Logos Notes several times but I find the Logos notes feature to be cumbersome, and more so with each "improvement".  I use MSWord and have my notes organized by the book of the Bible or category of systematic theology.  I also have a set of notes organized by Biblical theology.

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 17 2021 12:22 PM

I do use Logos notes for bible notes. The way that I keep them is by having different notebooks for different purposes. This way I can hide or show different ones at different times and not get overwhelmed by note indicators. I also use different colors and icon shapes for different purposes (though I'm not 100% consistent with this and the system has changed over the years). 

Some of my different journal types are

  • "Quotes" (where I compile things others have said about the passage that I found particularly helpful or good. This is a wonderful use especially to use when wanting to store good quotes from books you read so that you will find them next time you study or read a particular passage),
  • "prayers" (prayers in response to passages),
  • "journal" (more devotional responsive observations),
  • "questions" (just document questions, concerns, issues, tentative observations...more freeform not conclusions),
  • "interpretations" (more commentary style. Use hyperlinks to link to diagram documents)
  • Cross references (a note filled with cross references and links to passage lists)
  • Word study (word study observations and conclusions and I often use hyperlinks to link to word study documents and books. 

Logos has improved greatly over the years. I did move away from it and used OneNote for a few years. I regret those years as the notes I took during those times are largely "lost" to my daily interaction. I can find them but it is an extra step I just don't do...or I don't even know to do it. THe great thing about having your notes in Logos is that you are reminded of their existence in the context of interacting with a passage they are referencing. Being able to have multiple anchors for a single notes has only improved their utility. 

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Genghis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 23 2021 7:36 AM

Notes works easiest when the note is about a particular biblical passage b/c it can be anchored to it.

To anchor a note to a topic, you can use tags.  Create a new tag for each topic you want to track for future reference.

I don't try to be too systematic with notes and instead rely on the filtering tools in the panel on the left to filter out what I want to find.  Without filters, the notes look chaotic. 

But as soon as you filter out highlights, it starts to look more sensible.  

HTH

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xnman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 23 2021 8:22 AM

Genghis:

Notes works easiest when the note is about a particular biblical passage b/c it can be anchored to it.

To anchor a note to a topic, you can use tags.  Create a new tag for each topic you want to track for future reference.

I don't try to be too systematic with notes and instead rely on the filtering tools in the panel on the left to filter out what I want to find.  Without filters, the notes look chaotic. 

But as soon as you filter out highlights, it starts to look more sensible.  

HTH

I agree.  This is the way I have come to use Notes in Logos. Works for me.

xn = Christan  man=man

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Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 23 2021 8:33 AM

Dan Starcevich:

I have tried to use Logos Notes several times but I find the Logos notes feature to be cumbersome, and more so with each "improvement". 

Same.

I like having the indication of a note in Logos, but found the system of various notes within notebooks mixed with highlights too difficult to maintain. I've experimented with various notetaking applications such as Evernote or DevonThink.

I've settled on the plain text editor Obsidian as plain text will be around until Jesus returns and can be read by any text editor/word processor. I've lost too many documents to formats that changed and are no longer compatible or apps that would not export well. Obsidian has a system of links & backlinks to navigate between various notes. I have a folder for each book of the Bible and a note for each chapter. Headings allow me to link to specific passages or verses. Marking tags allows me to search & group various themes.

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xnman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 23 2021 8:58 AM

When I first started with Logos Notes, I didn't set up right.  I didn't understand tags and thus didn't use them. When I learned how handy they are and how much they add to Notes... I went back through all my notes and worked out a "tag system" for me.

Now, tags are simplified, easy and manageable..... for me at least.  I open Notes, search for the topic (tag) I want and walla.... I'm on my way.  KISS works. Geeked

xn = Christan  man=man

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 24 2021 6:19 AM

Logos probably qualifies as the place I "primarily use" for Bible notes.  It's not the only place, but when I want notes integrated with Logos, then Logos is the best place.

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Matt Hamrick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 24 2021 7:02 AM

Back in 2012 when I made the decision to go all digital for ministry resources that included print notebooks are no longer needed. I have been using Logos Notes exclusively since 2012. I am grateful it's gotten better over time.

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Dave M | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 25 2021 3:58 AM

Dan, completely agree. That's why I preferred WS - simple, not just for notes but many other tasks.

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Dave M | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 25 2021 4:02 AM

Are there some good training video on Notes? 

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 25 2021 4:15 AM

Dave M:

Are there some good training video on Notes? 

https://support.logos.com/hc/en-us/articles/360017978372-Notes-Tool would be a good place to start

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Whyndell Grizzard | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 25 2021 6:08 AM

I use MS Word- Logos notes is to cumbersome, I like a simplified system. 

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 25 2021 8:52 AM

For many years any notes I have taken - biblical or against other resources - has been done virtually exclusively in Logos.

(The exclusion is that I have a number of things I try to include in my morning devotional time and I have found it easiest to work through a template in OneNote. This includes a Bible reading, so I copy the text for that day into OneNote and make notes there and then copy them immediately back into Logos).

I don't particularly have a well thought out system but have found it very benefical for a number of reasons:

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nl | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 28 2021 1:49 PM

Graham Criddle:

For many years any notes I have taken - biblical or against other resources - has been done virtually exclusively in Logos.

(The exclusion is that I have a number of things I try to include in my morning devotional time and I have found it easiest to work through a template in OneNote. This includes a Bible reading, so I copy the text for that day into OneNote and make notes there and then copy them immediately back into Logos).

I don't particularly have a well thought out system but have found it very benefical for a number of reasons:

Are you going to give us the reasons? :)

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 28 2021 2:22 PM

nl:
Are you going to give us the reasons? :)

Sorry - I did type them but they disappeared!

  • Getting a visual prompt when reading a passage that I have made notes on it before
  • Automatically creating links to Bible passages when entering references in a note
  • Being able to include links to other Logos resources within a note
  • The ability to add labels to highlights to provide extra annotations on a passage and use these as the basis for searching
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nl | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 28 2021 2:43 PM

Graham Criddle:

nl:
Are you going to give us the reasons? :)

Sorry - I did type them but they disappeared!

  • Getting a visual prompt when reading a passage that I have made notes on it before
  • Automatically creating links to Bible passages when entering references in a note
  • Being able to include links to other Logos resources within a note
  • The ability to add labels to highlights to provide extra annotations on a passage and use these as the basis for searching

Very much agree with the first 2, and is a main reason I'm moving to Logos Notes

Could you expand on these last 2 points? How can I link a logos resource in a note?

What do you mean by the last point?

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 28 2021 11:36 PM

nl:
Could you expand on these last 2 points? How can I link a logos resource in a note?

We can copy a block of text from a resource into a note - and that automatically creates a link to it

Or we can use the link button in the toolbar to add a direct link to a place in a resource - using the Copy as URL option from the panel menu

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and then selecting a word to add the link to:

and pasting the copied link:

That word in the note is then linked to the specific place in the resource

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