Improve Your RA

Practical ways to do readers' advisory better.

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Using Story Elements

Story elements are how NoveList defines the aspects of a book that catch a reader's attention — the tone, whether it's focused on world-building or character, or if it's got a resonating theme. Story elements are a great way to talk to your readers to understand why they liked (or didn't like) a book and to search for more.

Learn about NoveList's story elements
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Using NoveList Content

NoveList content is easy fodder for book displays, recommendations on social media, bookmarks, and quick readers' advisory conversations. We've got tips for using all the content you can find in NoveList, like:

  • Author Read-alikes
  • Book Discussion Guides
  • Grab and Go Book Lists
  • And many more
Get tips
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A NoveList Refresher

We want you to get the most out of your NoveList subscription. Our checklist of resources will help you (and your readers!) reap all of NoveList’s benefits.

See the NoveList refresher guide
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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.

Access NoveList search strategy handouts
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Especially for Trainers

Planning a staff development day? Do you train other people on NoveList? These presenter resources and handouts are for you!

  • Trainer Guides
  • PowerPoints
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Exercises
Get resources for NoveList trainers
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Field Code Strategies

Field Codes are two-letter codes that allow you to specify exactly which fields you want NoveList to search. These resources will help you use field codes to quickly create complex searches with ease.

Learn to master NoveList's field codes
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Build Your Skills: Webinar Archive

An archive of our most popular webinars, covering topics such as book displays, helping readers, readers' advisory for kids, and more. These are longer (about an hour each), but are a great resource for learning about helping readers.

Screenshot of the NoveList Conversations Webinar Archive on YouTube
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Screenshot of the Appeal Mixer feature in NoveList Plus

Are You a NoveList Power User?

Go beyond the search box with these videos offering advanced tips for using NoveList.

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NoveList on YouTube

Learn more about how to use NoveList from our curated video playlists including: 

  • NoveList 101 
  • New & Updated Tutorials
  • NoveList Microtrainings
  • And much more 

Visit the NoveList YouTube channel 

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