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Library Services for Distance Students

Research Help

The Gannett-Tripp Library’s Research Help staff is dedicated to helping you solve your research problems. Our Research Help service is available every day that the Gannett-Tripp Library is open.  For the library's hours, visit our home page or download this PDF document:


Ask the GTL -- NEW!
Quick answers to frequently asked questions

Text Us!  Text a Librarian(607) 953-6060

(Summer hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Phone: (607) 735-1862

E-mail: (a librarian will reply within one business day when classes are in session)

Research consultations are available on the phone or in person, at a time that's convenient for you. Contact Martha Smith, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, at (607) 735-1866 or at to make an appointment.

Citing Sources

These links can help you with citation formats and citing sources:

The Purdue OWL site ( is another helpful resource.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Gannett-Tripp Library.  (Contact information is under the "Research Help" tab.)

Online Resources

The GTL has a wide range of online resources for distance students:

  • Library Search -- Located on the GTL home page, this tool searches many of our databases simultaneously for research starters, books, journal articles, videos, and more.
  • Credo Reference -- Start your research here!  Use the topic guides and Mind Map tool to brainstorm and fine-tune your research topic. 
  • CQ Researcher -- Overviews of social and political "hot topics". 
  • Ebooks -- More than 150,000 electronic books are available online through our Library Search tool.  You can open them online or download them to read later. You can find more information on our eBooks page.
  • Journal Articles -- Thousands of full-text online articles are available through Library Search
  • Databases by Subject -- See which databases we recommend for education, management, human services, and more.  

Database Help

If you're having issues with the Gannett-Tripp Library's databases, follow the steps in this Troubleshooting Database Access Problems document.

If you can't log in to the library's databases, please contact the Elmira College IT Help Desk at (607) 735-1915 or

If you have database problems after you were able to log in, please contact the Library Services Desk at (607) 735-1862 or


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