Credo has upgraded its interface. I got a quick trial so I could check out some of the features (old and new). Of course the best part of Credo is the ability to cross reference a search. This allows researchers access to definitions, people, places, and general overviews of their topic from multiple disciplines and sources, a fantastic way to start your research. Here are some highlights:
- over 3 million entries in 366 titles (and growing), all cross-referenced
- nice simple search screen – googlish, with options for advanced search and the concept map
- interface is available in six languages
- browse the collection by subject and title options
- search results have faceted results for subject, pub date, entry type, media, and person
- great multimedia features – audio files, video clips, flash, and dynamic table creation, images, and maps
- optional display of the “gadget tool” with easy access to definitions, people, locations, crossword answers, conversions, quotations, and holidays and festivals (each category has a search box)
- concept map is still there. I believe I had previously called this “brainstorming on steroids.” Nice visual and interactive way to search for concepts that are related.
- store/mark records – easily done with checkbox. ability to export saved results – email, save, print, or export for multiple citation management systems
- cite this source – APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA
- bookmark to social networking sites
- Content sensitive HELP with index to all HELP items
- customize for your institution
- download marketing materials
- lots of usage statistics
and a few snafus:
- faceted results are great, but no way to turn them off, and no breadcrumb trail of facets
- no breadcrumb trail to keep you oriented, but maybe you don’t want to be oriented in a cross referencing tool???
- odd search results with the concept map. my siberian huskies search kept displaying the map of a related person to huskies, maybe there just wasn’t enough content on huskies….
- I was using Firefox. After entering my search term and hitting the enter key my search would sometimes stop. Once I clicked search it was fine.
For more information, visit Credo Reference, and ask David to give you a test drive!
If you are uncertain what titles to purchase, ask for their recommended lists….compiled by several people in the reference reviewing field.