Answered By: Colin Magee
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2020     Views: 172

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WHAT IT IS:                                                
CREDO Reference is an easy-to-use database that is described as a “Research Starting Point,” mostly providing background information on a number of different topics, as well as links that connect you to the library’s more scholarly databases to find more in depth information.

CREDO is a collection of reference materials. Use it to find:
-Background information on many topics
-Encyclopedia entries
-Dictionary entries
-Links to more in depth information in other databases



Use the search box to conduct a basic search.  You can also select from a number of popular research topics listed below the search box.

Tips: Use “Or,” “And,” and “Not” to get different results.
School OR violence will get you all results containing “school” or “violence.”  More results.
School AND violence will get you all results containing “school” and “violence.”  Fewer results.
School NOT violence will get you all results containing “school” WITHOUT “violence.” Even fewer results.
“School violence” in quotation marks will treat your search as a phrase – both words together.



At the top of your search results, you will find a topic overview from an Encyclopedia.  This provides a quick description of your topic.

Below that, you will find articles from different reference materials that you can look at to learn more about your topic.  You can also select videos and images on that topic.

On the right side, there is a visual topic map that allows you to see and select related topics.

Below that, you will find links to more in-depth resources found in other library databases,  like EBSCOhost, ProQuest, or Gale.



Clicking on an article will open it in Full-text.  At the top, you can send the article through email, save it to your computer, or print the article.  Click on ‘Citation’ to access your bibliographic citation for the article.  You would cite the article using MLA if it is for English 101 or English 102, and you would cite the article using APA for other classes.


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