Q. How do I use Credo Reference?
Step 1 of the research process is gathering background information on your topic. Without understanding what your topic is and the context in which it fits, its very difficult to do the more advanced research steps. The often cited recommendation is that you are able to talk to someone without repeating yourself or stopping for 2-3 minutes about your topic and only then do you have enough background information to start the next step of the research process. How does one do this if you just got the topic and you've never heard of it? By using reference sources such as Credo Reference!
What makes Credo different than say Britannica Online and even Wikipedia is that those are single publications whereas Credo offers access to over 1000 reference titles from over 100 publishers. That's a lot of content from a lot of different sources.
Credo works very similar to other databases. Enter your topic or search terms in the search box and hit enter. From here, you should get a list of results to start clicking through. Remember, these are all coming from different kinds of reference sources, otherwise known as tertiary sources. The results will largely be short articles that provide basic information and links to other terms that may be relevant. Make sure to take notes of key terms you see as you read including people, places, events, dates, and professional terminology. These will all help form a broad picture of your topic and help with your more advanced research later.
Please watch the quick tutorial video below for exactly how to use Credo Reference. Remember, if you need any help with Credo or your research, stop and and see a librarian.