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How to find your next read with NoveList Select

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Have you ever gotten stuck trying to find your next read? NoveList Select is an amazing tool you can use anytime! This is a module created by EBSCO that’s integrated into the MARINet catalog, and it uses community feedback and a dedicated team of librarians to group titles by similarities.

First, search our catalog for a title you enjoyed reading. Let’s look at The Lightning Thief as an example — chances are you or a loved one have either heard of or already read this super-popular book!

A screenshot of our catalog website with "the lightning thief" in the search bar.

Next, click on the title of the book to see more information about it.The entry for The Lightning Thief in the catalog's search results, showing a variety of formats.

After you’ve clicked on the title, you can scroll down to see staff lists featuring that title as well as recommendations generated by NoveList.

Staff lists featuring this title. Great reads for younger teens. Favorite fantasy and science fiction for middle schoolers. 8 books remix: Ryan Douglass. Guided reading levels S & T. View all lists. You may also like. View all recommendations.

And if you scroll further down, and you’ll see even more: related titles (usually by the same author), descriptive community tags, and similar authors. This is a great place to start browsing.

Explore further. Related Titles. Community tags: view all. Similar authors: show more. More about this title: view all from NoveList.

However, if nothing’s caught your eye yet and you want to do a more in-depth search, click on the “View all from NoveList” link. A new widget will pop up with all kinds of information: full series information, read-alikes split into titles, authors, and series, and a list of story elements. All of those story elements are search filters, too — so if you want to read about another quest for a magical items that’s as action-packed as The Lightning Thief, just click on those options and NoveList Select will suggest a few titles.

Story elements. Mix and match to explore similar stories. Appeal, character, genre, theme. "Action-packed" and "quest for magical items" are highlighted. Based on your picks: We found these fiction stories for ages 9-12 that share the traits: Action-packed and Quest for magical items.

The best thing about NoveList Select is that it will only recommend things to you that are in MARINet’s catalog. No need to worry about finding the perfect book and being unable to get it! NoveList isn’t available for every single title in our catalog, but most titles will have at least some information that will help you browse for your next read. Always feel free to get in touch with your local branch if you need some help finding a book!

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