Answered By: Kelly Bradish
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015     Views: 143

Credo Reference is a searchable database of encyclopedias, dictionaries and more. This resources covers subjects like Medicine & Health, American History, Language & Linguistics, General Literature, Psychology, Religion, Economics, Art & Art History.

Go to Credo Reference (UCA/password required if off campus)

To access the main search page (pictured) anytime while browsing Credo, click the Search link in the top navigation, which is circled in the image at right. The Search page has a large basic search box for your search terms.

The top navigation also includes a link to the Advanced Search feature, and something called Concept Map. The Concept Map is a visual search tool that visually displays the connections between Credo Reference search results. If you need ideas to branch off of a topic, are looking for other search terms to try, or just want to expand your knowledge, the Concept Map may be helpful.

Some students find it helpful to start searching a particular book from the start. To do this, click on the Find a Book link in the top navigation. Credo's eBooks are sorted here by subject, but you can change the display to list titles alphabetically, or view by type (atlas, encyclopedia, etc.)

When performing a Basic or Advanced Search, note that the Search Results page has several components:

  • If your search terms have a match in Credo's Topic Pages, a Topic Page will appear at the top of the list.
  • Reference Entries are pulled from the full text of eBooks in our Credo collection. Click the title to see the full text.
  • Just above and to the right of this list, you'll see "Continue searching in" with a drop-down menu. If you'd like to continue this search in other Library resources, choose a database here and click Search.
  • The left sidebar features limiters by Subject, Type, Media, Person, and Date.

When you click on one of the search results, you are taken to that particular Credo item. Entries in Credo are the electronic equivalent of the articles and definitions contained within books. An entry page will show you the full text of the encyclopedia article you selected from the results page.  This will include any information you would see if you had the print version of the book in front of you, including any images, footnotes, charts, graphs, etc.

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