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.

Gardiner Library and Learning Commons
Director of Gardiner Library and Learning Commons works with a group of boys

Library Catalog


Find books, magazines, and more on our Library Catalog. If you have any questions, please see one of the library staff. Thank you!

Research and Databases

Research and Databases

Databases are reliable sources of 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!

Sources and Citations

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 

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or could also be memoirs and oral histories of past events. 

Navigating Digital Information 

Join author John Green in a crash course on navigating digital information. Gain the necessary hands-on skills you need to evaluate the information you read online.

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Avoiding Plagarism

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.

The image shows our cooperation with the online plagiarism detection service PlagScan

More Research Sources

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: 

Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. They are a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to creative work. The combination of our tools and our users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law. Try to use creative commons items when you can!

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. 

Wondering if something is usable? Try this Fair Use Checklist from Columbia University. 

Gardiner I-Site

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.

Gardiner I-Site
  • Prototyping
  • Studio materials
  • Wood, plastics
  • Electronics
  • 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.

Amy Foster,
Director of Gardiner Library & Learning Commons

Meet the Library Staff

Megan Burlington

Library Media Specialist/Archivist

Amy Foster

Director of Gardiner Library & Learning Commons

Nicolle McDougal

Library Assistant

Bob Reilly

Library / Makerspace Facilitator