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Library breaks down Credo reference

By Kate Hess
On April 3, 2018

Maybe librarians are the only ones who get excited about encyclopedias, but I think there is a lot for anyone to get excited about in the library’s online database, Credo Reference. See what you think.

What is it?

 Credo bills itself as a place to get background information for your research, and with over 3.5 million quality articles on a variety of academic topics, you can truly start any research project here. 

Why should I use it? Have you ever had to research a topic you don’t know much about? Do you run across terms in your textbook that you have trouble understanding? We often need a simple, straightforward summary of a topic to give us a little context for something we’ve heard about, read about, or need to study. Credo is the perfect place to go.

What can I find there?

 Credo is full of reference articles, so you’ll find articles that give you an overview or summary of a topic. But it also has lots of added features to help you make connections between topics, and extend your search beyond Credo. Many different topics are covered too -- for example, I can find a half page article that gives a thorough botanical explanation of chlorophyll and how it’s produced, as well as an article summarizing its chemical properties and derivation. 

To follow a different track, I can search “Bollywood” and find a one-page summary of the Hindi language films, complete with a list of further readings to expand on the background information given. From there I can click on a mind map (see image) that links the term Bollywood to several related terms, each with their own encyclopedia article just a click away. Or instead I might decide to click on a video movie review, or follow a link to an article in another library database that gives a critical analysis of gender in Bollywood films. So Credo is not simply a place to start your research, but a launch pad for continued research in collections of reliable resources.

How can I get there?

 Access Credo through the Library website (www.kirkwood.edu/library), and click on “All Kirkwood Databases”. From there, search “Credo” or scroll down to the C’s. If you’re off campus or using your own device, just enter your k number and password to get access to a whole library’s worth of encyclopedias at your fingertips.

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