Novelist Basics

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Introduction to the NoveList Guide

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Welcome to our NoveList guide!

This guide will help you navigate the NoveList site and teach you how to find great books and more information about your favorite authors and series.

Need help using the guide?

To get to the NoveList site from the library’s home page, hover over "Find Info," then choose the "Books & Literature" section.

books literature

Introduction to the NoveList Guide

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The first site in the "Books & Literature" page is NoveList Plus! To get to it, you can click on either the link or the icon. 

Novelist

Welcome to NoveList!

Now that you are in NoveList, take a look at the home page. You might immediately see a book cover that looks interesting!

On the left, you can find lists of "Recommended Reads" to get you started looking for all kinds of books -- fiction, nonfiction, kid's books, and more!

Left side bar

Feel free to play around! When you're ready to try searching for something, just use the "Search For" box at the top of the screen to continue with this tutorial.

 

Searching

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Searching is the easiest way to get more information about your favorite authors and find books similar to the ones you love.

Basic

The Basic Search allows you to enter author, title, series, or "all." You should enter only one type of search (author, title, or series). If you are not sure what you are looking for just leave the search setting at "all."

basic search

Can you find out what order a book is in a series with NoveList?

Searching

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Advanced

The Advanced Search allows you to combine the search for author, title, and series and to limit by year, gender of the author, or Dewey number for nonfiction subjects.

advanced search

Tabs

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Once you have done a fiction search for a title you will see a display of your results. Part of this display is five tabs going across the middle of the screen: Books, Audiobooks, Series, Authors, and Lists & Articles. 

Tabs

Other types of searches or nonfiction searches will display tabs with other names on them. 

Tabs

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The Books tab is the default display and will list the titles in your results.

  Books

Tabs

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Series

The Series tab will list any series that are included in your results.

  Series

Tabs

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Authors

The Authors tab will list the authors that are included in your results.

  Authors

Tabs

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Lists & Articles

The Lists & Articles tab will show you any other information about the author and it includes articles and awards won by the author.

 Lists

Links & Read-alikes

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Below each title are links. Under the Books tab there are often four links. Three of these are read-alike links that will help you find books that are similar to the ones you like to read. The fourth link is for searching the library’s catalog to see if we own the book.

Links

What's a Read-alike?

Links & Read-alikes

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Title Read-alikes

When you click on this link you will get a list of books that NoveList's experts think you'll like, based on the original book.

title read-alikes

Links & Read-alikes

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Author Read-alikes

When you click on this link, you will get a list of authors that NoveList's experts think you'll like, based on the original author.

author read-alikes

Links & Read-alikes

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Series Read-alikes

When you click on this link, you will get a list of series that are similar to the one you originally found.

series read-alikes

Links & Read-alikes

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Search the Pima County Public Library Catalog

When you click on this link you will be taken to the library catalog and if the library owns the title you will be shown a list of the formats that the title is available in.

 Search PCPL catalog

Any questions?

Don't hesitate to visit NoveList's help center or watch videos demonstrating how to use NoveList. To get there left click once on the "Help" or "How to Use NoveList" buttons in the top right corner of the screen.

 

Want to learn more about NoveList? Give our advanced tutorial a try!