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NoveList Search Strategies

Use our search strategy handouts to tackle challenging reader questions and library scenarios. In each Search Strategy we present a common scenario that you face as a librarian, reader, or parent, and offer several ways to use NoveList to find the books you need.

Finding books for readers in Australia & New Zealand
Using NoveList for Book Club Helpers
Using NoveList to Support Your Summer Reading
Exploring Books by Culture
Finding Books for Storytime
Searching for Books for Tweens
Finding Books with Diverse Characters
Finding Audiobooks for Every Listener
Finding Books and Resources for Common Core
Finding Books for Your Canadian Readers
Finding Graphic Novels
Finding Read-alikes
Finding the Right Romance
Searching for Gentle Reads
Finding "Just Right" Books
Speed Search NoveList Using Field Codes


Australia & New Zealand Content Search Strategy NEW! Finding books for readers in Australia & New Zealand
Find Australian and New Zealander books and authors in seconds with the tips in this search strategy.
Book Club Search Strategy NEW! Using NoveList for Book Club Helpers
Whether you are a book discussion group leader or a book club member, this search strategy will give you lots of tips to bring back to the group.
Summer Reading Search Strategy NEW! Using NoveList to Support Your Summer Reading
No matter what your summer reading plans are, NoveList can help you find great books and content to support your readers.
Books by Culture Search Strategy Exploring Books by Culture
NoveList's limiters are a great way to find books by authors of a particular nationality or books set in a particular location. Use this search strategy for some great tips.
Books for Storytime Search Strategy Finding Books for Storytime
Having trouble finding a read-aloud for storytime? Use this search strategy for tips on searching NoveList's appeal terms and reviews for your next great read-aloud.
Books for Tweens Search Strategy Searching for Books for Tweens
NoveList's appeal terms and search limiters are the key to finding books to match your tween's interests, while making sure they aren't too mature.
Diverse Characters Search Strategy Finding Books with Diverse Characters
Use NoveList to find books with characters that a young reader can connect with. NoveList's appeal terms, subject headings, and genres make it easy to find books with diverse characters.
Audiobook for Every Listener Search Strategy Finding Audiobooks for Every Listener
NoveList Plus gives you the tools you need to find audiobooks for every listener. Search by narrator's tone, length, and other audio characteristics to find that perfect listen.
Common Core Resources Search Strategy Finding Books and Resources for Common Core
NoveList has lots of great resources to help teachers and librarians in the classroom. This search strategy will tell you how to find these resources and books that meet Common Core standards.
Canadian Content Search Strategy Finding Books for your Canadian Readers
Canadian titles and authors are at your fingertips in NoveList! And this search strategy can help you find them, along with Canadian book lists and award winners.
Finding Graphic Novels Search Strategy Finding Graphic Novels
There are many ways to search for graphic novels in NoveList. By searching by genre, appeal, or review you are sure to find the perfect graphic novel for your reader. Check out this search strategy to learn more.
Find Read-alikes Search Strategy

Finding Read-alikes
Want a read-alike for a favorite author, book, or series? NoveList's recommendations make it easy to find your next read based on the things that you love about your favorites.
 

Finding the Right Romance Finding the Right Romance
Having trouble finding a romance you love? Use this search strategy to find romances in every sub-genre and with just the right amount of spice.
Gentle Reads Search Strategy Searching for Gentle Reads
Looking for books that don't have a lot of violence or bad language? Use this search strategy to find these gentle books in NoveList.
Finding "Just Right" Books
It's a challenge to find books at the right level for a young reader. This search strategy will show you how to search NoveList by Lexile, Accelerated Reader level, grade level, and even page number, to find the perfect book.
Speed Search NoveList Using Field Codes
Learn how to search NoveList quickly using field codes.  This search strategy will show you how to use these codes to easily create complex searches.