Syracuse University Library has developed a research guide to help students explore themes in the book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. A Long Way Gone is the 2008-2009 selection for the Syracuse University Shared Reading Program. As of way of introducing new students to the intellectual community on campus, the Syracuse University Shared Reading Program provides new undergraduate students with a copy of the book and facilitates programs, events, and courses throughout the academic year that incorporate the book’s theme. This is the fourth year the Library has developed a research guide in support of this program.
A Long Way Gone research guide includes book reviews, background information on Beah, and resources on topics such as child soldiers; culture and history of Sierra Leone; African rap and hip hop music culture; and more. The guide refers students to articles, audio files, videos, photographs, and web sites. Teaching guides and tips on finding relevant materials are provided in the guide as well.
The research guide is online, available to the public, at: http://library.syr.edu/instruction/class/sharread2008/.
For more information about the guide, contact Susan Miller at 443-2091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.