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 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 - many provided by NovelNY:
Student Resources in Context - all-purpose, general database
Britannica Academic: Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools.
Britannica Escolar Secundaria: content in Spanish for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students and students learning Spanish.
Business Insights: Essentials - Company profiles, industry reports and financial reports, as well as business magazines and newspapers.
Computer Science: Business and technical publications in the computer, electronics, and telecommunications industries.
Educator's Reference Complete: Great for grad school! Periodicals covering pre-school to college and most educational specialties. Includes full-text for many titles cited in ERIC.
Expanded Academic with InfoTrac Collections: Scholarly journals and selected general interest titles in a wide variety of subjects.
General OneFile with InfoTrac Collections: News and periodical articles on a wide range of topics.
Health Reference Center Academic: Full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus a variety of personal health information sources.
Informe Academico: Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals both from and about Latin America.
InfoTrac Newstand: New York Newspapers including the New York Times from 1995 on, and over 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers.
New York State Newspapers: New York State newspapers including: Glens Falls Post-Star, New York Times, New York Observer, New York Post, and Newsday.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context: Over 21,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.
Research In Context: Magazines, newspapers, primary sources and videos for students in grades 6 to 8.
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times - with archives 1851-2014
ARTSTOR - over a million images from public collections
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.
- American Memory Project of the Library of Congress
- The Avalon Project of Yale University
- Digital Public Library
- Hathi Trust
- Internet Archive
- Making of America
- World Wide Web Virtual Library
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.
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.
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