Credo Databases Relaunched—New Features, Functionality, and a New Name

Credo Databases Relaunched—New Features, Functionality, and a New Name

Beginning researcher using Credo Reference at the library

Infobase is proud to announce that Credo Reference and Source Reference—the award-winning multidisciplinary databases designed to help students improve their research skills while doing research—now both have a new refreshed look, plus Source Reference has a new name: Credo Source

What’s New

  • Clean new design: The new design is built with the beginning researcher in mind, displaying our breadth of content. Users can launch their research with a keyword search or advanced search, or browse by subject.

Advanced search page on Credo Reference

  • New dedicated landing pages for advanced search and the Mind Map: The new and greatly improved advanced search tool has a dedicated page that is linked to every other page on the platform. Teach Boolean search techniques and show users how to narrow searches by subject, title, collection, and multimedia inclusion. Plus, our new-look Mind Map helps encourage exploratory search even better than before, as related articles display next to each newly created map on the new page.

New dedicated Mind Map page on Credo Reference

  • Integrated Infobase admin site: Credo Reference and Credo Source are now integrated into the Infobase admin portal. Manage all of your Infobase resources in one place! Plus, the admin portal now includes usage boosters—materials to increase awareness and usage of Credo Reference and Credo Source—including search widgets and QR codes.New Credo Reference admin portal

What Hasn’t Changed

  • Same great content: Both Credo Reference and Credo Source remain true academic alternatives to Wikipedia, offering world-class reference to beginning researchers and faculty teaching basic research skills and building introductory courses. In addition, Credo Source’s Research Skill Builders remain a reliable suite of point-of-need instructional tools for students tackling the challenges of 21st-century research. 
  • Authentication methods and third-party integration: 
    • IP, UN/PW, Proxy, OpenAthens, Shibboleth, Library Card Authentication
    • Content indexed in all major discovery services 
    • Direct links and embed codes for each entry
    • MARC records for all titles
  • Our commitment to instruction-friendly early academic research: Encourage basic resource evaluation, aid exploratory search, and open pathways to simple next steps in academic research with the familiar tools that students and instructors have relied on for years.

What Are Credo Reference and Credo Source (formerly Source Reference)?

Credo Source and Credo Reference homepages

Where do you start your research? For many students and other researchers, it might start with a Google search—which can be rather overwhelming when putting together a research paper, given the sheer amount of misinformation that exists on the internet. Plus, beginning researchers don’t just need sources they can rely on but instructions on how to conduct research, from how to narrow a research topic and prepare a thesis statement to how to avoid plagiarism and be mindful of copyright. 

Infobase’s Credo databases can help on both fronts. Credo Reference—including Credo Reference: Academic Core for colleges and universities and Credo Reference: Complete Core for public libraries—and Credo Source for secondary schools each provide premier academic reference on an instruction-friendly platform that’s not only perfect for the beginning researcher but can also help them build precious research and information literacy skills. 

Researchers will find thousands of full-text reference titles and images from more than 100 premier reference publishing partners, from Sage, Springer, and Oxford University Press to National Geographic, DK, and Visible Ink. In addition, Credo’s databases feature concise videos—created by in-house librarians—to build students’ information skills while they research. These research skill-building videos can address research questions at the point of need during research and enhance library instruction within courses and one-shot sessions.

High school students gathering sources for an assignment, lifelong learners investigating their passions, and individuals looking for context around the events shaping the headlines can all find answers with these easy-to-use databases.

CLICK HERE to take a tour of the new Credo Reference.

CLICK HERE to take a tour of the new Credo Source. 

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