Good Reads


goodreads Google Directory Readers Advisory Search

GOOD READS stands for “Google Directory Readers Advisory Search,” a specialized search engine that is derived from DRAGNET (Database Retrieval Access using Google’s New Electronic Technology), an original concept created by Terry Ballard, Automation Librarian at the New York Law School. A DRAGNET search is like a Google search, except that it runs in only a select group of websites, produced by the organizations and entities listed below. Your search retrieves the top 100 hits, ranked for relevance by Google’s search engine. GOOD READS, our version of DRAGNET, has been developed by the Reader Services Department in order to “drag the net” through various reading group related resources. The sites were chosen by the Reader Services Department for their reliability and usefulness. GOOD READS is a great way to begin your search for discussion guides for your reading group.

For a more precise search, we suggest that you put the title, author’s name, etc., within quotation marks, the more information, the better!

For example:

Title – “Bitter in the Mouth”
Author – “Lisa See”
Title and Author – “The Help” “Kathryn Stockett”


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