The Books search was introduced in Verbum 10 and replaces, although is not exactly equivalent to, the previous Basic search capability.
You can use a Books search to find a word or phrase in your entire Verbum library, or in particular fields within specific tools or sets of resources.
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Running a Books Search
To begin a Books Search.
- Click the Search button in the toolbar (in Verbum 9 this was to the left of the command box).
- Ensure that the Books search type is selected. (Other search types available depend on your base package.)
- Verbum provides several tools to help you formulate an effective query:
- Search Helps (in the main search pane) provide basic guidance about how to construct your search.
- Search Templates allow you to build a more complex search without having to use search syntax. Instead, select the kind of search you want to make, then enter your search terms in the dialog box that appears. Search Templates appear in the left navigation menu, which can be toggled on/off using the navigation menu icon .
- Search Suggestions: As you type, Verbum will populate a list of suggestions to help you refine your search. For best results, select one of these. Otherwise, finish typing your search query and press Enter.
Perform this search in Verbum
Results are returned in up to six sections (the Factbook section appears if the Factbook has any articles relevant to the search term). Open any section to see the results it contains.
This section provides links to any Factbook articles that are deemed relevant to the search term. Click one to open it.
If you click the link to all the Factbook entries, you will get a scrollable list showing all associated articles. Click any of them to open the Factbook to that article.
This section shows where your search term appears in any of the resources you have downloaded to your local hard drive. You have the option to display the results in three different views:
The Ranked option shows results based on a determination of relevance, with the most relevant at the top. Click one of the results to open the resource to that specific point.
By Resource shows resources that contain the search term arranged in alphabetical order. Open an entry to see where the results occur and click one of the results to open it to that specific location.
The By Count option shows results based on how many times the search term appears in the resource, with the highest number of occurrences at the top. Open a resource entry to see where the results occur and click one of the results to open the resource to that location.
This section shows where your search term appears in any resources you own but that you have not downloaded to your local hard drive.
Click one to see a preview and an option to download it into your Library.
This section shows where your search term appears in your Print Books. These books are in the Verbum catalog and have been added to your print books library.
The search results show a snippet from the resource and, if you click one, Verbum opens a preview of the resource and provides a link to the Verbum store for you to purchase it if you wish.
This section shows where your search term appears in your Personal Books. Open a resource entry to see where the results occur and click one of the results to open the resource to that specific point.
This section shows where your search term appears in some resources in the Verbum catalog that you don't own. The results provide the following options: purchase the first entry in the list, open a browser to the product description page, or see a preview of the resource.
Refining Your Search
Setting a search field determines what category of resource or part of a resource you would like to search.
To change your search field, click All Text to open the Search Field drop-down menu. Click the arrow icon to expand the options under Search Fields. For example, you can choose to search only article headings by selecting the check box next to Heading Text.
Limit Resources Searched
You can limit or expand your search to specific resources by clicking All Resources. Type the name of the resource you want to search in the dialog box that appears, or make a selection from the drop-down menu.
Note: Depending on the resources selected, the Search Field or Search Passage menus may disappear.
If you limit your Books search to one or more Bibles, or to a Series, the Search Passage drop-down menu will appear. Clicking All Passages opens a dialog allowing you to limit your search to a specific range of text.
Using Search Operators
You can use search operators to create more advanced searches. For example, if you'd like to find a phrase containing two words, but you don't know the exact phrase, try typing [word] WITHIN 5 WORDS [word]. Your search results will display every occurrence where the two words you entered are mentioned within five words of each other.
- Verbum Help: Books Search