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“I want a book like this one.”

December 1st, 2011 · No Comments · City Library, Main Branch

Patrons often come into the library looking for a book like the one they just read.  The library’s catalog can be used to find suggestions on what to read next.  If you look up a book you like, the catalog will give you similar authors and titles that you might also like, using suggestions from one of the library’s online databases called Novelist.  From there you can see what the books are about, why they are similar and which libraries carry the item.

Here’s an example of how it works…

After reading all the Harry Potter novels, I decided I wanted to read books like Harry Potter.  I went to the catalog and searched in the Browse Tab for Harry Potter and clicked on one of the Harry Potter novels.  I chose Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

I clicked on the book.  From there I can see on the right hand side that the catalog has options starting with “Summary” and ending with “Librarians View”.

I clicked on the option “Similar Titles”.  Books like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone appeared on the screen.  The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan was one of the books that was suggested.  I then clicked on the link to that title and I could see where the book was located in the library.

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