Celebrate National Library Week with the Gannett-Tripp Library

April 12 2017
Category: Academics

This week is National Library Week, and to celebrate we visited the staff of the Elmira College Gannett-Tripp Library to learn more about the staff and the databases, resources, and archives available through the library.

The staff at the Elmira College library

Who are the librarians?

What are some of the resources we should know about?

“The library website. There are pages that include lots of tips on how to conduct research, from selecting a topic to formatting a bibliography. The site also includes subject pages that list links for databases, along with lists of valuable websites pertinent to each subject.” – Marge

“The librarians are a great resource!  We’ve done a lot of research and we know how challenging it can be.  We also like solving problems and answering questions – the more unusual, the better.  Above all, we like helping people and teaching them how to navigate the information landscape.” – Martha

How can members of the community work with you?

“The community is welcome to the Mark Twain Room, which consists of letters and artifacts of Mark Twain and his family Elmira, New York. We are located on the second floor of the library and are open by appointment.” - Nathaniel Contact nball@elmira.edu or (607) 735-1869

What is your favorite online database?

“The Credo Reference, which is a database comprised of hundreds of reference books—mostly subject-specific encyclopedias. It is a terrific jumping-off point for just about any research project. It has thousands of brief, professional articles. Its mind map feature is especially helpful when someone is trying to find or develop a topic for a paper.” – Marge

“The Library Search tool on the library’s webpage.  It’s my favorite because it searches many of our databases and many kinds of materials at once – background information, articles, videos, books, images, etc.  It’s a great way to start the research process!” - Martha

“The special collections tab on our library webpage has access to our expanding digital collections via New York Heritage.  I also recommend all of our newspaper databases. They are excellent resources for historic research.” – Nathanial

What if I have questions? Or don’t know how to get started?

Drop into the library and stop by the service desk, or call, text, and email a librarian.

Text: (607) 953-6060

(M-Th, 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.;
Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 
Sun, 4 p.m. - 1 a.m.)

Email: researchhelp@elmira.edu

Call: (607) 735-1862