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Common Reading Book - Library Resources: Overview

Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Common Reading Program, students establish a shared experience with other new students.

Common Reading Program

“Appalachian’s Summer Reading Program provides an important common experience for entering freshmen, helps develop a sense of community with their new environment and introduces them to the academic rigor of college.”
- Former Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock

Common Reading Program 2017



These short (1-2 minute) tutorials are designed to help you get started with your research and familiarize you with library services and resources.

Finding Books
Help on finding books and other materials in the library catalog

Finding Articles
Using Library Databases to find articles

Search Strategy
Using Boolean logic; subject vs. keyword searching

Library Introduction in 90 Seconds
Orientation to Belk Library and Information Commons

2016 Common Reading Book

The Common Reading Book selection for 2017 will be announced in the spring. 

Book Discussions

Book discussions of the 2017 Common Reading Book will take place across campus during Welcome Weekend in August, 2017.