first year summer reading

Welcome, all first year students!

While classes haven’t officially started yet, you have already been working on your first college assignment: reading The spirit catches you and you fall down: a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures by Anne Fadiman.

As you think about and prepare for your first class meeting and book discussion, here are some resources that may assist you:

Official book site:   Listen to the author read an excerpt from the book; find study questions, a list of awards and book review excerpts, information about the author, and updates about people from the book

Publisher’s site: Contains a reader’s guide with questions for discussion

Research resources on the library homepage can be used to find book reviews and articles in periodicals about your summer reading.

To find book reviews:

Go to Search for an Article on the library homepage.

Find and click on the Academic Search Elite database.

Enter the title in the text box, and select “Book Review” from the Document Type selection box toward the bottom of the search page.

To find periodical articles:

Follow the same steps above, except after entering the title of the book in the text box and getting a list of search results, click on the title of the book in the Subjects box on the left to get a list of results that are principally about the book. (Your result list will be shorter after you do this.)

You can also search our catalog, available on the library’s homepage, to find copies of the book in the library.


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