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Book
Club
Research

Starting or Running a Book Club

The reading group handbook : everything you need to know to start your own book club / Rachel W. Jacobsohn
General LC 6619 .J33 1998

Good books lately : the one-stop resource for book groups and other greedy readers / Ellen Moore and Kira Stevens
General LC 6619 .M66 2004

The reading group handbook : everything you need to know, from choosing members to leading discussions / Rachel W. Jacobsohn
General LC 6619 .J33 1994

How to Start a Book Club
A guide to help you organize, run and moderate a book club. Sections on "Selecting Books" and "Discussion Questions."

Book Reviews and Book Selection

Use one of our general article databases to find reviews, such as Expanded Academic ASAP or Academic Search Premier. Type in the title of your book and the word "review," for example, Da Vinci Code and review. Use your C.O.D. Library card to access this database from home.

NoveList
Still another database available through the Library's Web site that includes book reviews for novels. Also includes "Read-alikes," a resource to find other books that you might like in the same genre, with similar themes, or by the same author. Use your C.O.D. Library card to access this database from home.

Amazon.Com
Book reviews from selected publications, for example Booklist and Publishers Weekly which are very reputable sources. Also includes customer reviews.

bookreporter.com
In addition to reviews, there are author profiles, "Books to Movies," awards, and author bibliographies.

The Best Reviews
Search by genre on this Web site.

Literary Criticism

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors. Use your C.O.D. Library card to access this database from home.

Magill's OnLiterature Plus
Critical analyses and brief plot summaries of the most studied works in the history of literature. Use your C.O.D. Library card to access this database from home.

C.O.D. Library Catalog
Use the Catalog to look up author biographies as well as critical analyses of your author's works.

Reading Guides

ReadingGroupGuides.Com
Over 1700 reading guides for novels that provide discussion questions for your group.
Also a good Web site for synopses of current books that you might like to read for your book club.

Use Google to search for a reading guide that may be located on the publisher's Web site. Search example: "Pride and Prejudice" "reading guide."

Award Lists

bookreporter.com: Awards
2002-2005 award-winning books for many of the most well-known awards.

Book Spot
In addition to the regular awards lists, there are "Book-Related Lists" including "40 Most Important Books" and "Best Novels of the 90s."

Amazon.Com
Award lists plus Amazon's own list of best books for the latest year.

 

Diana Fitzwater, Librarian
College of DuPage
(630) 942-2078
fitzwate@cdnet.cod.edu
2/06

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