NoveList contains information on over 150,000 fiction and 50,000 nonfiction titles.

Access Online Databases.




1.   Go to Sullivan Family Library’s home page at

2.   Click on Search For, then Databases by Title

3.   Click on NoveList (under Books and Ebooks).

For off campus access, login with your Chaminade ID number and password.




Basic Search

1.   At the Home page, enter your search term(s) in the Find box.

You can search by author (last name, first name), title, series names or keywords.

2.   Limit To  Adults, Teens, Older Kids or Younger Kids (reading level)


Novelist FIND box



Search Results

1.     Filter your results by selecting a document type tab:

Author Biographies, Author Read-alikes, Award Winners, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, Curricular Connections, Feature Articles, Grab and Go Book Lists, Picture Book Extenders, Recommended Reads,  What We’re Reading, Series

Novelist results page



2.   Sort by:

Author, Title, Relevance, DateDescending, DateAscending, Popularity, Volume

3.   Narrow results by:

Subject or author clusters


 Advanced Search


1.   In Find, enter search term(s)

a)  Choose a field to search from Select a Field drop down list.

b)  Select Boolean operator (and, or, not)

c)  Select Document Types

d) Select Limiters: Reading Level, Grade Level, Lexile Reading Level, Lexile Range Search, Publication Year, Number of Pages, Author’s Gender, Author’s Nationality, Author’s Cultural Identity, Review Available, Award Winner, Dewey Range Search, NoveList Best

e)  Expand by:  Apply related words, Also search within the full text of the articles

 2.   Browse: by Subject, Authors, Series, Titles, Dewey


NoveList Advanced Search



Other Resources:

1.    Browse

  • All Award Winners
  • Adults (19 and up)
  • Teens (ages 13-18)
  • Older Kids (ages 9-12)
  • Younger Kids (ages birth to 8)

2.    Spotlight

  • Adults
  • Kids
  • New Content

3.   My NoveList

  • Tour NoveList
  • My Folders & Alerts
  • About NoveList

4.   Readers' Advisory

  • NoveList Newsletter
  • Getting Started in RA
  • Improving RA Services
  • Promoting Libraries

Search Techniques


To search for



All words

colonization AND Mars
to find colonization and Mars in every record


Any of the words

murder OR kidnapping
to find murder or kidnapping (or both) in every record


One word but not another

terrorists NOT Irish
to find terrorists but not Irish

“ “

Exact phrase

“time travel”
to find time travel as an exact phrase


Variant endings of a word

to find computer, computers, computing


Replace a single letter

to find woman, women


Words near each other in any order

mother N5 daughter
to find mother and daughter within 5 words of each other in any order


Words within x words of each other in order entered

father W8 son
to find father within 8 words of son in that order


Search Results

1.   Print

a.  From Results list, click on Quick Print icon

b.  From detailed record, click on Print icon

c.  Select Review(s) or Full Text (when available) to print reviews, lists or articles

d.  Select Standard Field Format

e.  Select Citation Format

2.   Email

a.  Select Email

b.  Select HTML Full Text (when available) to print reviews, lists or articles

c.  Select Standard Field Format

d.  Select Citation Format

e.  Type in email address, subject, comments

3.   Save

4.   Add to Folder



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Reference Desk   739-4660


updated February 2009