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 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

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.

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

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
limited results without a subscription, but come here for pseudonym lists, basic searches in

Genre-specific sites

readalikes under Reader’s Choice > If You Like
reviews by romance category
has a nice list of other genre resources ( www.co.henrico.va.us/library/DBWeb/adbkgenres.html)
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!

Libraries/Librarians Doing Neat Things with RA

personalized RA services ( www.wrl.org/bookweb/RA/index.html)
Reading Room search (readingroom.rrpl.org)
very strong suggestion database
  • NoveList: an EBSCO database available through participating libraries