Great news for reference discoverability, Credo Reference will soon be available on ProQuest’s Summon discovery service. From the press release:
With this new agreement, the Summon™ service will now include results from Credo’s reference content—together with Credo Topic Pages—providing the overview and background information that researchers need when beginning to explore a new topic.
“The amount of information available online continues to grow while research options become more complex. That’s why it is important for Credo Reference to work with services like Summon,” said Mike Sweet, Credo Reference CEO. “General reference information is often essential to people as they work to develop a baseline of knowledge and information upon which to build. In addition, today’s library users expect general reference information to be readily available. Given this, we feel it is important that our acclaimed content is indexed in the Summon service.”
Over the past three years, Credo General Reference has significantly expanded its content, now boasting well over 500 titles covering all academic subject areas. The Publisher Collections offerings are growing and will be joined in 2011 with Subject Collections, providing users with world-class content for their research experience.
“Libraries using the Summon service can now create the ultimate online reference experience for their students, while at the same time keeping them fully connected to the rest of their library resources,” explained Michael Gersch, senior vice president and general manager of Serials Solutions. “Credo’s content is highly valued by students and libraries, and we are delighted about this agreement, which provides Summon users with even more authoritative content for their research.”
A cornerstone of the Summon™ service is its unified index, which makes the full breadth of a library’s collection and resources easily discoverable. A user simply enters his or her search terms and relevant results are returned by the Summon™ service within seconds.
Today the Summon™ service includes content from more than 6,800 providers and contains over 600 million records. More than 200 libraries worldwide subscribe to the Summon™ service because it provides a clear, comprehensive starting point for research, and helps ensure that material in the library is easily discovered and used.