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Friday, June 30, 2006


Love books? Try this great service, available through your local library!

NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists. For school media specialists and teachers there are Picture Book Extenders and articles on Teaching with Fiction.

What You Can Do in NoveList

NoveList allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. When you look up a favorite book in NoveList, you have the option of finding similar books in one of two ways:

You can click on subject headings from your favorite book and search the database for more titles using the subject headings you have selected, or
You can click the "Find Similar Books" button (at the top of the title record) and search for more titles like the one you enjoyed.
Author Read-alikes articles (at the For Readers tab) can also help you find authors whose books are similar to the novels your favorite author writes. In addition to finding similar books to your favorites, NoveList allows you to:

Look up and view series information (in series order),
Search for books by entering your own descriptive terms in Describe a Plot,
Use the Boolean Search function to search specific parts of the title record, such as reviews,
Browse book lists by category, genre, or theme at every reading level through Explore Fiction, and look for award-winning titles in Best Fiction,
Link directly from many title records to web sites with information about the author.
Customized Content for Readers, Library Staff, Schools

Designed for our fiction readers: In addition to the Author Read-alikes articles, NoveList offers several features at the For Readers tab. These include What We're Reading, Annotated Book Lists, Book Discussion Guides, and BookTalks. These features have been developed specifically with NoveList users in mind. Hypertext links from title records also allow the user to go directly to articles or guides that mention the title, as well as to the lists in Explore Fiction or Best Fiction where the titles appear.

Designed for the staff at your library: In addition to the For Readers tab, NoveList offers resources for public library staff at the Readers' Advisory tab. Training materials, articles written by leaders in the field, and NoveList Notes are accessible from this tab.

Designed for schools: NoveList provides materials developed specifically for educators at the School Resources tab. If you are a library media specialist or a teacher, this page leads you to essential curriculum-related articles and Picture Book Extenders. These materials provide support for the increased use of literature in the classroom and across the curriculum. There are articles and guides for all grade levels from pre-school through high school.

The Database
NoveList provides full title records of fiction for all ages, including picture books, children's "chapter" books, young adult titles and books for adult readers. Updated monthly, the NoveList database integrates information from a variety of sources. The title records include full-text reviews from several journals, including: Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. In addition to these reviews, there are annotations and summaries, and all of them are searchable!

NoveList adds about 9,000 new fiction records to the database per year, along with reviews and descriptions when they are available. The browsable book lists in Explore Fiction are periodically revised, and the awards lists in Best Fiction are updated along with the full database each month. New Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading updates or additions, Annotated Book Lists, Book Discussion Guides, and BookTalks are also added monthly.

NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 provides a student-focused interface and a database of young adult, children's and easy titles designed for children in pre-K, elementary or middle schools or your library's children's room. NoveList K-8 uses the same great database engine as NoveList, and a subset of the database records with the same cataloging attention to detail. The primary differences between NoveList and NoveList K-8 are:

The interface uses different colors and fewer tabs.
Adult content in NoveList is not found in NoveList K-8,
Staff resources are found at the Teacher Resource tab (instead of the School Resource tab).

The NoveList Team

NoveList is a product of EBSCO Publishing, which has its headquarters in Ipswich, Massachusetts. However, the NoveList team resides in Durham, North Carolina. The product's co-creators, Duncan Smith and Roger Rohweder, are joined by a small but growing staff of professionals that includes librarians, educators, and programmers. Our staff consists of individuals from a variety of backgrounds but all sharing a love of NoveList and books.

You can access Novelist through
NCLive. For more information or to obtain a password, call the library at 838-2818.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great idea. Will you be planning/organizing "book club" blogs? It would be great for kids too.

11:42 AM  

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