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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 FictionFinder.oclc.org -- 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
- 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: www.fictiondb.com -- limited results without a subscription, but come here for pseudonym lists, basic searches in desperation
* Genre-specific sites:
o Mystery: www.stopyourekillingme.com
o Romance: www.likesbooks.com (readalikes under Reader’s Choice > If You Like --)
o Romance: www.theromancereader.com (reviews by romance category)
o Henrico PL has a nice list of other genre resources ( www.co.henrico.va.us/library/DBWeb/adbkgenres.html)
* Gnooks: www.gnooks.com -- amorphous social links between authors
* Internal Resources
o JMRL wiki (hera.jmrl.org/wiki)
o JMRL.org's Readers' Corner page (hera.jmrl.org/pr-readers.htm)
* Libraries/Librarians Doing Neat Things with RA
o Williamsburg (VA) Reg'l Lib. -- personalized RA services ( www.wrl.org/bookweb/RA/index.html)
o Seattle PL< -- David Wright(readersadvisory.org), Nancy Pearl, and the ShelfTalk blog (shelftalk.spl.org)
o Neal Wyatt -- Chesterfield Ct PL, Library Journal column/articles
o Rocky River (OH) PL -- Reading Room search (readingroom.rrpl.org)
o Librarything: www.librarything.com/suggester - very strong suggestion database
o NoveList: an EBSCO database available through participating libraries
* Overbooked: www.overbooked.org
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) www.readersadvisoronline.com
* What Do I Read Next? -- Gale database accessible through finditvirginia.org or jmrl.org's database page
* What's Next?:ww2.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnextnew.asp (adult and youth series)
* Whichbook:www.whichbook.net -- British, more fun than useful!