How to Create a
Book Discussion Kit
The following databases and web sites can help you to gather information that will enhance your book discussion. The databases (in bold print) are available through the Library's homepage
and most can be accessed remotely with a valid PA Library Card. For a list of databases, go to www.carnegielibrary.org
and click on Research Databases in the left
navigation menu or follow the links below.
- Literature Resource Center -- Under "Literature"
in the database menu
- Biography Reference Bank and Biography Resource Center --
Under "Biography" in the database menu
- Author Website -- To find the author's page, try entering the author's name
and ".com" in the address bar of your web browser. For example,
www.kingsolver.com or www.khaledhosseini.com
- Links to author websites -- Click here
Often, discussion questions can be found at the publisher's website.
Examples of Search Methods:
- Google -- If you can't find
anything using the above sites or databases, try using this search engine.
- Try entering the title in quotes: "The Life of Pi"
This will retrieve many hits about the book and will also supply
you with many hits from online bookstores. Take a second look
at the website address to weed through unnecessary or irrelevant
- Try narrowing the search by using limiting words. For example,
"Yann Martel" and "interview" or "Life of Pi" and
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