Credo Source

Credo Source






Credo Source

K-12 Schools & Districts

About This Product

Credo Source (formerly Source Reference) integrates highly acclaimed reference content with instructional videos and tutorials to provide research instruction in the classroom and at the point of need. Prepare students for any kind of research or the rigors of academia by building their confidence and cultivating essential information literacy skills. Encourage basic resource evaluation, aid exploratory search, and open pathways to simple next steps in academic research with tools that students and instructors have relied on for years.

Contact us today for more information on how Credo Source can help your students develop deep literacy skills that will last them a lifetime. Learn more about Credo Source here.

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  • Intuitive interface: Credo Source‘s platform is designed to empower beginner researchers to navigate the platform and discover the information they need.
  • Exceptional reference content from the best academic publishers: Credo Source features more than 600 top-tier reference full-text titles curated for grades 6–12, covering a wide range of subjects. 1.6 million entries cover 3 million topics related to secondary school studies such as biology, physics, mathematics, social sciences, world cultures, world history, and more. Expertly curated, the collection features content from leading publishers like Dorling Kindersley, Barron’s, Lerner, and Houghton Mifflin. Also ideal for the visual learner, the collection includes more than 175,000 contextual visual aids, images, photographs, and maps across all subject areas.
  • Information literacy development: Tools and features within the platform cultivate essential information literacy skills while students search. 
  • Versatile teaching materials: 100+ minutes of instructional content for use within courses, one-shot sessions, and more.
  • Discover more: Search results include connections to your institution’s other databases, maximizing usage of all of your library’s trusted resources.
  • Collaborative features: User-friendly technology facilitates partnerships between the library and the classroom for easy integration of information literacy into the curriculum.

  • Research Skill Builders: Created by in-house librarians, Credo Source’s Research Skill Builders are a reliable suite of point-of-need instructional tools for students tackling the challenges of 21st-century research. The dozens of high-quality videos and tutorials in Credo Source cover a wide range of topics like evaluating sources, plagiarism, and more. Use them to incorporate multimedia materials into in-class teaching, flipped-classroom instruction, or point-of-need support; or engage students in active learning with self-guided information literacy skill development. Credo Source’s Research Skill Builders help educators save time and resources—creating the same instructional multimedia content from scratch would take up to 600 hours!
  • Federated search: Credo Source allows for the seamless integration of federated search results from your library’s licensed e-resources, leading students directly to deeper subject-focused research and maximizing usage and awareness of your entire library.
  • Summary articles: 11,000+ summary articles curated for pre-search and topic exploration provide background information and incorporate other library e-resources directly—great for background research, discovering library resources, and building keyword vocabulary!
  • Mind Map: One of Credo Source’s key features, the Mind Map is an interactive brainstorming tool for helping students visualize connections between and across subjects. The Mind Map can encourage exploratory search and challenge students to explore new topics they hadn’t considered when they started their research. This feature is embeddable in course pages, LibGuides, and websites!
  • Pro/Con: Credo Source’s Pro/Con is a featured content category for helping students locate reliable reference materials on issues of real-time importance. Highly respected publishers add and update entries regularly, bringing authority and accuracy to students’ current events-related information needs.
  • Key Concepts: In Credo Source, relevant terms are displayed within search results to help users identify the focus of each article and provide guidance for additional keywords related to their topic.
  • Embeds: Credo Source allows users to embed reference content in their school’s learning management system, virtual learning environment, or other guides/websites. Any article (or Mind Map) may be embedded, including those with images, audio, or videos. This helps foster faculty collaboration while also bringing usage and awareness of the institution’s valued library e-resources.
  • Permalinks: Credo Source’s record URLs make it easy for students to return to previously viewed pages and allow users to create “custom collections on the fly.”
  • Citation management: With Credo Source, users can conveniently cite entries in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats.
  • Google Drive integration: Libraries can authenticate their Credo Source users with Google Authenticator, while users (via Google Authenticator or through their personal Gmail accounts) can save entries to Google Docs.
  • Integration options: Credo Source’s full-text articles can be embedded into LibGuides or any LMS that supports iFrame, including Canvas, D2L, Moodle, and Blackboard. LTI integration is also available. All titles have MARC records and are indexed in the major discovery systems.
  • Responsive design: Credo Source‘s platform ensures a smooth user experience on any type of device.
  • Accessible content: Audio files and dictation of text content improve accessibility and provide different avenues for students to absorb information. Text content is translated into 100+ languages, helping learners of all backgrounds access reference material.