Monday, November 10, 2008

Always Leave Them Wanting More

When you have finished everything a favorite author has written, it can be difficult to decide what to read next. Luckily, the NCC Libraries have just the thing to help you make the right selection: NoveList and NoveList Plus.

The NoveList database contains summaries of more than 150,000 fiction titles, as well as reviews from reliable sources like Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. NoveList Plus provides information on 50,000 nonfiction titles.

Both databases feature lists of “Author Read-Alikes” -- books similar to those you already know and love -- that can be searched by the author’s name. Let’s say you have read every title by mystery writer Tony Hillerman, and would like to find more novels featuring Native American characters. The “Author Read-Alikes” list will point you in the right direction, toward authors such as Margaret Coel and James D. Doss.

For access to NoveList and NoveList Plus, start at the NCC Libraries home page and click on the link to the EBSCOhost database. At the next screen, where you would ordinarily select “EBSCOhost Web” to search for journal articles, scroll down the list of options to find the NoveList family of databases. If you need assistance, talk to a librarian at the Reference Desk or call us at 610-861-5359. Happy reading!

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