We recommend using Credo Reference as a starting place for a research project. Credo Reference is similar to a digital encyclopedia, providing topic overviews that are ideal for exploring a topic in order to decide on a research question to pursue. While the ebooks in Credo Reference are high quality academic texts suitable for many research papers, they are not considered peer reviewed.
To get to the Credo Reference, log in to EICConnect and click on Library under the Menu icon in the upper left of the page. Click on Electronic Resources to see all of the databases available to you from your computer or mobile device. If you’re using one of the computers on campus, you can access these from the Library home page (click on “A list of electronic resources can be found here”).
Credo Reference can be used in several different ways.
Use Credo Reference as a Database
The simplest is to use it like a database. Type your topic into the single search box to get results from the nearly 700 ebooks. Many topics have a dedicated Topic Page, which will be the first entry on the list of results if there is one for your topic. After the link to the Topic Page, you’ll get a list of articles or entries from different ebooks. For my sample search on civil rights, there were over 13,000 results, with three related Topic Pages! The filters on the left-hand side of the page can be used to focus the search, or you can add an additional search term to help narrow down the topic and get more precise results.
Browse Books Using Credo Reference
Credo Reference can be used to browse for books on different subjects as well. To do this, either click on Find a Book at the top of the page, or change the drop-down menu next to the search box from Basic search to Book search. You can either go by the subject list on the left-hand side of the page or use the search box to find books. There is even a list of the video series accessible from this page, under Collections.
Use Credo Reference’s Exclusive Mind Map Feature
Our third favorite way to use Credo Reference is to develop a research topic through the Mind Map. For this feature, click on Mind Map at the top of the page to go to the search function or change the drop-down menu next to the search box to Mind Map as you do your search. The Mind Map feature breaks down topics into its subtopics, making it easy to determine a focus. Students can struggle with researching a topic when the topic is too broad or too narrow, and the Credo Reference Mind Map is an easy-to-use tool for finding the sweet spot of scope to help make research easier.
In this example, we used the Mind Map to look for topics related to philosophy, then ethics. Each of the terms in the Mind Map can be clicked on to further narrow the topic, and the bar on the right-hand side of the change updates to provide entries in ebooks in Credo Reference.