You have a report due, where do you start to find background information on the topic?
Why do I want to access CREDO Reference?
CREDO is a great place to begin your research, with dictionary definitions and encyclopedia entries from a variety of reliable reference sources. It provides you with lots of background information. It also guides you in your research by helping you narrow broad topics and find related material.
How do I access this platform?
Go to Blackboard, click on Library. There you will select “Find Journals/ Other Online Resources” and among the options you will see CREDO. In the CREDO box, you can click to learn more about CREDO or you may go straight to the CREDO platform and begin searching. I do recommend looking at the how to use CREDO page. No, it doesn’t hurt to read the directions/recommendations!
How do I get started in my search?
Type your search term or phrase into the basic search box. The results page will have the topic pages listed at the top of the page, if a topic page has been created. There are oodles of topic pages. Topic pages in CREDO link you directly to other library online resources, such as EBSCO and Gale databases, Opposing Viewpoints, and Ebrary. If your topic doesn’t have a topic page, it will still have links to research articles. You are able to apply filters to narrow your results. To save time, use the quick view eye symbol on the right and you will have a preview of each article. Chances are there will also be related books and resources shown. You can click on the related resource and you will leave the CREDO site and be in a new database that we subscribe to but there will be no need to retype the search term.
I am a visual learner, can CREDO help me?
Yes, CREDO has the Mind Map as one of the options on the basic search page. The Mind Map provides a visual image of your topic and the concepts related to it to help you narrow broad topics and find related material.
How do I cite the information I find on the site using the APA style?
The bottom of every CREDO Reference entry includes a citation that you can copy and paste into your paper.
CREDO is available 24/7. If you need help in using it, please get in touch with the library! Go to Blackboard then Library and then Welcome! There you will find our hours and the various ways to contact us.