Gardiner Library and Learning Commons
Gardiner Library and Learning Commons is the center of design thinking on campus, with skilled and attentive staff members who facilitate brainstorming, collaboration, and problem solving. The Learning Commons is a resource center where boys can bring their curiosity, develop their ideas, and learn research skills and digital citizenship.
Research and Databases
Databases are reliable sources of previously-printed information available digitally. Below is a list of databases and research sources available to students to help them conduct more efficient and effective research. Most will self-authenticate on campus, or ask for help!
GALE - PowerSearch all databases or choose below:
Academic OneFile: Peer Reviewed Journals
Britannica Escolar Secundaria (Spanish)
Informe Academico (Spanish)
Research In Context (Secondary Level General Periodicals)
- NY State's NOVEL Databases
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times - with complete archives
Project Gutenberg - ebooks in the public domain
Pawling Free Library - ask for help
Sources and Citations
Trinity-Pawling uses the MLA (Modern Language Association)'s method, using parenthetical citations. This way, all classes teach one method that is consistently reinforced across the curriculum. The most recent edition of the MLA Manual (8th) is available in the library; however, many good sources can also be found online. The most important part of this process is to learn to give credit where credit is due, therefore we recommend using online software like Noodletools to format the data into a proper Works Cited page (use your T-P gmail to log in). Two great sources for help are Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) and The Elements of Style: a timeless source for the best written English.
Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or could also be memoirs and oral histories of past events.
Trinity-Pawling's Honor Code specifies that every student will do his own work honestly. Not following the code can bring serious consequences, not unlike those at colleges and universities. Be sure to properly cite your sources and use PlagScan, a plagiarism detection system, to ensure your work is thoroughly your own.
Tips for Primary Source Research
- In your search: include the words - diary, diaries, letters, papers, documents, documentary, or correspondence.
- Combine these terms with the event or person you are researching. (Example: civil war diary)
- Also search by subject for specific people and events, then scan the titles for those keywords or others such as memoirs, autobiography, report, or personal narratives.
- Search for file type: pdf
Creative Commons Sources
Remember to use creative commons images when you can, they're copyright free!
Royalty-Free Music Sources
Most popular music is protected by copyright law and shouldn't be used in videos without proper permission. However, some music is provided via public domain or Creative Commons and other licenses which permit reuse with proper attribution.
- The Best Sites for FREE, Royalty-Free Music for Your Videos
- Shambles Sound Effects and Music
Wondering if something is usable? Try this Fair Use Checklist from Columbia University.
WeVideo is an online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view, and share your movies at up to 4K resolution. Check it out!
A Hub of Active Learning
Join us in the Gardiner I-Site, located in the lower level of Gardiner Library and Learning Commons, where students and faculty can engage in hands-on learning and design creative solutions.
It is one of three I-Sites on campus — spaces that allow students to design, create, prototype, and test all within a safe learning environment. Our I-Sites serve as a home base which foster a creative response and extension of what takes place in the traditional classrooms and labs throughout campus.
- Studio materials
- Wood, plastics
- Ideation lab area
Faculty in the Gardiner Library & Learning Commons
All faculty are welcome to host a class in the I-Site to work on a specific project with their students! Please visit the Faculty Portal for the calendar, guidelines on booking the I-Site, safety precautions, and clean-up procedures.
Learning Commons Hours
Monday-Friday 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Today's library is all about inquiry and learning to solve problems. I hope to equip the students with the research and innovation skills they need to succeed in college and the workforce.
Director of Gardiner Library & Learning Commons