Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Links to NoveList from within our online catalog

We recently upgraded our online catalog software and it includes a nifty new feature. On any fiction title in the catalog you will now see this red, white and blue icon with the word "NOVELIST" on it: Clicking on this icon will send you into the NoveList website and, in most cases, the record on NoveList for the book you were looking at. Obscure titles won't be found here, but most common ones will.

NoveList includes a database of 125,000 fiction titles, 90,000 full text reviews, and over 36,000 subject headings. Features like "Find a Favorite Author," and "Find a Favorite Title" enable users to find information about their favorites, and find similar titles and authors. And NoveList's natural language searching - "fast-paced thrillers" for example -- makes it easy for users to successfully search full-text reviews.

NoveList has over 1,200 pre-constructed booklists in "Explore Fiction" and "Best Fiction" -- great starting points for users who enjoy browsing. Included are book discussion guides and "Read-alikes." Read-alikes describe an author's appeal and style, and discuss how the suggested "read-alikes" are selected.

For school media specialists and teachers, NoveList includes curricular-based articles and Picture Book Extenders, as well as specific teaching guides for using fiction in the classroom.

By linking to NoveList from within our catalog we have added one more way to access additional information on the books in our collection. Be sure to also click on the "Reviews at online bookstore" link for more information on your title.


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