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Go into keyword anywhere and search for “reading level: 5” as a phrase. Then the searcher will actually have to look at each individual public view display for books that come up in the index  for Reading level: 5.0, 5.1, 5.7, etc. In our catalog you would currently come up with 536 matches. We add reading levels when we know them, just as we add Lexile codes if we can determine what has been assigned to the book.


NOTE: This will not be extremely effective in most library catalogs.  This information is not part of standard MARC records; it is a local customization of the bibliographic record.  We go to the extra effort to add reading levels and Lexile codes, but most places don’t.  The student couldn’t count on this working as well at public library catalogs, other university libraries, etc.


In Advanced Search, search for the phrase "juvenile fiction" or "juvenile literature." This will find thousands of titles, to it's best to add another limiter, i.e. "family life" or "stories in rhyme."

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