Electronic Databases


NoveList is an online readers’ advisory tool that helps readers find fiction books based on books they’ve read or topics in which they are interested. Readers enter a title or author they like, describe a book they would like to read, or choose a topic, and NoveList finds books in its database with matching subject headings. Book reviews are provided by the American Library Association’s reviewing journal Booklist. NoveList can be used to find fiction reading suggestions or to view lists of book award winners and bestsellers. Subject and keyword searching provides access to information on more than 60,000 fiction titles. More than 29,000 full-text book reviews or annotations are included. There also are feature articles about fiction from Booklist and NoveList’s editorial staff, and links to related web sites.


Click the Start button to begin searching. Choose Adult, Young Adult, Children’s, or Easy fiction and click the Continue button. Several search methods are available:

Match a favorite author

Type the name of a favorite author in the box and press Enter. A list of books by that author will be shown. Books with descriptions are indicated with a red check in the right hand column. Click on a title to view information about that book, including publishing notes, subject headings assigned to the book, description, and links to related web sites. Using the buttons near the top, you can find similar books, or search for books by subject and keyword.

Match a favorite title

Type a favorite title in the search box and press Enter. The other steps are similar to those described above for “Match a favorite author.”

Describe a plot

Type in words to describe a book you would like to read. NoveList will perform a keyword search and display a list of books that have subject headings most closely matching the words you typed. The Percent Matched column to the right of the title indicates how closely the book matches the subject heading. For example, if you type “medieval mystery france” as your description, the titles on the top of the list with a Percent Matched of 100 will contain all of those words as subject headings. Further down the list with a Percent Matched of 66 will be books that match two of the three subject headings; e.g., medieval mysteries set in a location other than France.

Browse Subjects

Type a subject such as “legal thrillers.” A list of subject headings containing either or both words will appear. Select one or more subjects and then click on Search to view a list of books.

Explore Fiction

Click on a category such as Adventure. A more detailed list of categories (Spy Classics, Technothrillers, etc.) will appear. Select a category to view titles.

Best Fiction

Click on a category such as Romance. Select from the list of awards to view titles.

Navigation tips

Navigation buttons for moving around within the database are located on the top and left side of the screen. To begin a new search, click the Home button at the top of the screen.


To print, click on the Print button on the toolbar at the top of the screen. To review the contents of each page before deciding what to print, select Print Preview from the File menu. Make a note of which pages you want to print, then click on Print. In the dialog box, enter a range of pages to be printed.

Book Talks for Children and Young Adults

Librarians use books talks to share their enthusiasm for books. Sample for booktalks are provided for many books.

Book Discussion Guides for Adults and Young Adults

Book discussion groups enable "readers to share and deepen their experiences for a book."

Author Read Alikes

Click on a favorite author and find a description of that author's works, then browse through the list of similar authors and titles that the reader might enjoy.

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This page was written by Mark Ranum, February, 2003. This page was revised by Rebecca Patton, September 22, 2003.