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Five Ways Power Users Search NoveList

Post by Lori Reed
Posted August 13, 2013 in NoveList Plus, NoveList Select

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The search box at the top of every page in NoveList is a versatile tool. In this article and accompanying video, you'll find five examples of how people who really know NoveList content (a.k.a. "power users") use the search box to find exactly what they need. 

1. Search for a specific Author, Title, or Series (examples: Neil Gaiman, Kitten's First Full Moon, Game of Thrones)

If you know the name of an author, title, or series just enter it in the search box. You don't even have to know the official series name -- enter Game of Thrones and you'll get results for the series name, A Song of Ice and Fire. 

2. Search by Topic (examples: Civil War, cats, librarians)

If you are looking for a topic, enter your search terms and click search. You're presented with a list of Books, Series, and List s & Articles. The Lists & Articles tab will take you right to relevant lists such as Recommended Reads, Grab & Go Lists, and Common Core Connections. You can limit your results to an age range using the options on the right sidebar. 

3. Search for a Plot 

Ever tried to search for a book with the title on the tip of your tongue, but you just can't remember it? The other day, a friend asked me if I knew the name of a book about a teen surviving a plane crash. She said it was a popular book but neither of us could remember the title. 

A quick search in NoveList for plane crash teen survival found the right title -- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. 

4. Search for a Genre (examples: thrillers, mysteries, steampunk)

When you need to get up to speed on a genre you don't know much about, try searching by Genre. On the related List & Articles tab you'll find our popular Genre Guides that will give you a quick overview of everything you need to know to get started with a Genre. Next you might want to take a look at the Recommended Reads lists for our recommended books in that genre. 

5. Search by Reading Level

The advanced search page in NoveList allows you to easily limit by reading level. Let's say you are helping a high school student who struggles with finding something new to read. She really enjoyed The Hunger Games. A quick search in NoveList shows that  The Hunger Games has a Lexile of 810. Start a new search and after entering your search terms, like survival, for example, check Teen and enter a Lexile range of 810 (this will search for a range of 100 points below and 50 points above 810). Using Lexile Levels in your NoveList searches is a great way to find books for reluctant readers. 


Lori Reed is the Customer Relationship Coordinator for NoveList. An avid Doctor Who fan, when not working or chasing her two kids around, Lori enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi as well as nonfiction.