Online Readers Advisory Sites

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Starred sites for adult fiction readers' advisory

Inclues pictures of covers, series lists, and pre-pub/forthcoming information as well.
Brought to you by Bowker -- available only inside the library .Locate books by author, title, or attributes in six different areas for fiction: genre, setting, location, character, timeframe, and topic. Choose the "find similar" button and then narrow down by attribute.
Note: OCLC has a prototype of a very similar database at -- it is limited and less user-friendly at this point, but keep an eye on it, since it’s still in the making.

Other sites mentioned in my presentation

Children’s Sites

Click on "Find a Book" in the middle of the front page. Run by the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Public Library; annotated by librarians.
Especially of note: the Juvenile Series and Sequels database
Run by Sylvan Learning Center, has limited listings and is grade-level dependent, but might jog your mind for some suggestions based on reading level and subject matter.

General Fiction Sites

search the archives for good reading lists
   * FictionDB: -- limited results without a subscription, but come here for pseudonym lists, basic searches in desperation
   * Genre-specific sites:
         o Mystery:
         o Romance: (readalikes under Reader’s Choice > If You Like --)
         o Romance: (reviews by romance category)
         o Henrico PL has a nice list of other genre resources (
   * Gnooks: -- amorphous social links between authors
   * Internal Resources
         o JMRL wiki (
         o's Readers' Corner page (
   * Libraries/Librarians Doing Neat Things with RA
         o Williamsburg (VA) Reg'l Lib. -- personalized RA services (
         o Seattle PL< -- David Wright(, Nancy Pearl, and the ShelfTalk blog (
         o Neal Wyatt -- Chesterfield Ct PL, Library Journal column/articles
         o Rocky River (OH) PL -- Reading Room search (
         o Librarything: - very strong suggestion database
         o NoveList: an EBSCO database available through participating libraries
   * Overbooked:
     Click on their "Readers Advisory" tab for links galore. Also: book lists, new notable fiction, lists of starred reviews.
   * Reader's Advisor Online (Libraries Unlimited)
   * What Do I Read Next? -- Gale database accessible through or's database page
   * What's Next? (adult and youth series)
   * -- British, more fun than useful!