Newbie to Logos looking for some help...

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Eric Cox | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jul 22 2021 6:47 PM

Well, after 20 years of putting it off, I finally took the plunge and purchased Logos.  I've got to say, I'm blown away.  I should have done this a LONG time ago.

That said, I'm having trouble coming up with a organizational system for my note taking.  I anticipate taking thousands of notes on hundreds of topics and subtopics over the years and I'm having some problems figuring out a way to structure a note taking organizational method for not only easy recall, but also for easy usage while studying.  I can see myself studying one topic and coming across something pertinent to another topic and needing to get both topics notated and stored for easy recall down the road.

I've read quite a few posts on the subject, but nothing I've read yet seems to cover it all.  I see that we have clippings, notes, tagging, and highlighting tools available to us.  I've heard some folks organize their notes through highlighting.  I've read others do so through tagging.  I've read many do it with notebooks (which is the direction I'd be leaning in) and someone mentioned doing it through using "Favorites", which seemed intriguing as well.

I guess what I'm getting at is the fact that I can see myself taking tens of thousands of notes on a myriad of subjects, and I'm searching for a method to organize those notes where I can later recall what I need, when I need it...without having a rats nest to go through to find what I'm looking for.

Has anyone posted a comprehensive organizational method for their note taking to be shared with others???  Do you folks have any suggestions?  Is there a reason one might use the "Favorites" feature over creating individual Notebooks with subcategories within that notebook.  One thing that concerns me about this (notebooks) is finding said subcategories again. 

I would be very grateful for ALL the advice I can get b/c I'm just starting out with this software and this seems to be my largest hurdle at the moment.  I'd like to begin with the right footing.  Thank you!!!

Eric

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 22 2021 7:16 PM

Hi Eric. Good question. I’m not “Logos” (just a user), but happy to share what I do. As you go, I’m sure you’ll develop approaches that suit what you want to achieve.

I have one notebook where I enter all my Bible notes ("Allen’s Bible Notes"). There are thousands of them, but most are brief. Many contain cross-references to other Bible texts, and hyperlinks to other people’s insights that I’ll be able to locate next time I look at this text. Some of these notes are linked to multiple Bible verses.

I create another notebook for any major topic I plan to spend months or years studying (e.g. kingdom of God, or Pseudepigrapha).

Another notebook ("Articles") links to articles I want to keep track of (usually external links).

I’m incessantly highlighting as I read, but I don’t have these highlights well-organized. They’re just in the default “notebooks” that Logos has created for me over the years (“Emphasis Markup”, “Highlight”, etc). I don’t need to search for them: they just show up in the books where I need them.

I don’t have any reason to use clippings.

I use MS Word for anything bigger than a mere note attached to a book or Bible text. That includes sermons, lectures, blog posts, and systematic or structured study.

That’s what suits me. Hope your new tool leads you to many productive insights.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 24 2021 6:40 PM

Eric Cox:
I've read quite a few posts on the subject, but nothing I've read yet seems to cover it all.  I see that we have clippings, notes, tagging, and highlighting tools available to us.  I've heard some folks organize their notes through highlighting.  I've read others do so through tagging.  I've read many do it with notebooks (which is the direction I'd be leaning in) and someone mentioned doing it through using "Favorites", which seemed intriguing as well.

I'm not into Notes and Highlighting, because I'm a Clipper! You could organize specific studies by Notebooks, but your own personal notes are distributed amongst many Notes. With Clippings, my own Notes can be organised into a sequence that represents the way I have divided my study/topic e.g. my study of Daniel 11-12 is divided into a clipping for Dan 11:1-12:3 with my notes + a clipping for Dan 12:4-13 and more notes. That is ideal for a Bible Study and even a Sermon, because I think more about content than presentation. Actually, I'm not sure that one Bible Study session would be sufficient to cover 58 verses and 4 pages of notes, but I can cover the first part (you can't effectively do this from a Notebook)!

I sometimes use Favorites to capture alternate views of a topic that I could reference in a Bible Study.

Dave
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John C Connell Jr. | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 26 2021 5:26 AM

Have you seen this thread?  https://community.logos.com/forums/t/178726.aspx

Be strong and courageous. . . for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 26 2021 6:02 AM

Eric Cox:
That said, I'm having trouble coming up with a organizational system for my note taking. 

Welcome Big Smile

Faithlife has a Logos Notes group => https://faithlife.com/logos-notes/activity that includes a webinar about Logos Notes.

Keep Smiling Smile

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Armin | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 26 2021 11:09 AM

Allen Browne:

Hi Eric. Good question. I’m not “Logos” (just a user), but happy to share what I do. As you go, I’m sure you’ll develop approaches that suit what you want to achieve.

I have one notebook where I enter all my Bible notes ("Allen’s Bible Notes"). There are thousands of them, but most are brief. Many contain cross-references to other Bible texts, and hyperlinks to other people’s insights that I’ll be able to locate next time I look at this text. Some of these notes are linked to multiple Bible verses.

I create another notebook for any major topic I plan to spend months or years studying (e.g. kingdom of God, or Pseudepigrapha).

Another notebook ("Articles") links to articles I want to keep track of (usually external links).

I’m incessantly highlighting as I read, but I don’t have these highlights well-organized. They’re just in the default “notebooks” that Logos has created for me over the years (“Emphasis Markup”, “Highlight”, etc). I don’t need to search for them: they just show up in the books where I need them.

I don’t have any reason to use clippings.

I use MS Word for anything bigger than a mere note attached to a book or Bible text. That includes sermons, lectures, blog posts, and systematic or structured study.

That’s what suits me. Hope your new tool leads you to many productive insights.

This pretty much sums up my approach. I keep thinking about how to improve on it but I still haven't found the "perfect" solution for me. But even if I decide on a non-perfect approach, I want to be sure it works for me for the rest of my life, because it will take a lot of time arranging 21,600 notes/highlights. I don't want to do this twice.

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Eric Cox | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 30 2021 1:28 PM

Thank you.  I appreciate your insight and gained a couple ideas from it!  Smile

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