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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.”
- Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock


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 Fast Facts
Orientation to Belk Library and Information Commons

Librarian Contact

John Boyd
Belk Library & Information Commons
218 College St.
Boone, NC 28608

2014 Common Reading Book Selection

The 2014 Summer Reading book is Clapton's Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument 

"If you want a Wayne Henderson guitar, you have to prod, cajole, remind, bribe, persuade, wheedle, prompt and entice him. Eric Clapton had done none of that. St. John,  has created a memorable portrait of a likable, self-effacing craftsman at work."

   - Dave Kelly, New York Times

Book Discussions

Book discussions of Clapton's Guitar will take place across campus during August of 2014.