To answer the question "What do I read next?" we have a number of resources that can help, both in database and website form.
NoveList is the #1 source for this kind of question. NoveList is an electronic readers' advisory resource which assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Through its attractive and easy-to-use interface, NoveList allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. Readers can also enter words that describe the contents of a book they would like to read, and NoveList retrieves titles that contain these words.
In addition, users can browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 150 award lists and 1,000 fiction related web-sites. NoveList contains materials for all ages including picture books, children's "chapter" books, young adult titles and books for adult readers. SEARCH:
Books and Authors is a new database similar to NoveList. Try it and let us know what you think.
BookLetters is another excellent source for "What do I read Next?" questions.
Overbooked is a great website for annotated lists of nonfiction, fiction and mystery books which were released in the U.S.
The African American Literature Book Club is the #1 site for African American literature.
Lambda Literary is the leader in LGBT book reviews, author interviews, and book news since 1989.
Finally, it's worth noting that the Main Library has many outstanding reader advisors books that can help you find that next mystery, science fiction, romance, or fantasy book to read.
Another use for readers' resources is finding good summaries, reviews, and criticisms of works of literature.
Literature Resource Center is an excellent database combining information from major respected reference works, books and literary journals. Literature Resource Center includes plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, author interviews, classic texts and much more SEARCH:
Contemporary Literary Criticism - Select is a database for professional and academic reviews of works of literature.
A great website is Bartleby.com. Bartleby.com is the preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference, and verse providing unlimited access to books on the web, free of charge.
The Perseus Project is an excellent site for the classics, the only one most people will ever need. Covers just about everything Greek & Roman, with lots of texts & translations, glossaries, art & archaeology, & a search engine.