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Credo Reference Searchable on Summon

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.  Continue reading

LYRASIS eBook Expo – 4th session, virtual attendance option

On Tuesday, October 5th LYRASIS is hosting the 4th in its eBook Expo series. This free event with both in-person and virtual components will look at the timely topics of patron driven acquisition and discovery of ebooks.   Speakers include:

  • Samuel Klein, Wikimedia Foundation Trustee and Director of
    Outreach for One Laptop Per Child
  • Mike Sweet, CEO, Credo Reference
  • Timothy Cherubini, LYRASIS’ Program Director for East Region
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Credo Reference Subscribers – Free Access to Public High Schools

Big news today from Credo Reference, US Public libraries can now provide local public high schools with free access to Credo General Reference.  The pilot program will include local public high schools in new US public library subscriptions at no additional cost! (bold inserted by sp)

From the press release:  Recognizing the increasing burden on public libraries to support the research needs of students at local schools, Credo Reference will be made available to a library’s local public high school(s). The students will now have unlimited access to trusted content from Credo’s 70+ publishers when it is time to write their research papers whether they are at school, home or the local library. Continue reading

Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery – webinar summary

Today, Joe Janes from Univ. of Washington, Mike Sweet from Credo, and myself had a great conversation on reference content, student research habits, and how reference content can be more discoverable during the LJ webinar “Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery.”

Joe highlighted research results from OCLC Perceptions study and 2 studies at the University of Washington – Project Information Literacy and use of Wikipedia for course-related research which focused on the changing research behaviors of students.  He also addressed the teaching of reference sources to librarians, comparing his learning of sources years ago to today’s focus on content over containers.  He speculated on various reference sources that have gone away, transitioned, and what still persists. Continue reading

LJ Webinar – Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery

WEBCAST NAME:Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery
SPONSORED BY: Credo Reference and Library Journal
EVENT DATE: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 – 2:00 PM EDT Time – 60 minutes

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NLW Brainteaser Challenge from Credo Reference

Sorry for the delay in posting this, I was on vacation last week.  The contest is still going the entire week, so check it out.

Credo Reference celebrates National Library Week with free access and a prize drawing

Boston and Oxford, (April 6, 2010) – Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, is pleased to announce its National Library Week Brainteaser Challenge with free access to Credo Unlimited. This week long celebration of 2010 National Library Week (April 11-17) will culminate with a prize-drawing for an Amazon Kindle as well as second and third place prizes. Continue reading

Credo Launches Topic Pages

I wrote a piece on Credo’s Topic Pages a couple of weeks ago, but here is the official press release announcing the launch of the Topic Page Beta.

Credo Launches Topic Page Beta
The Librarian’s Answer to Wikipedia

Boston and Oxford, (April 8, 2010) – The data is undeniable, a significant majority of today’s researchers turn to Wikipedia at some point in the research process, very often at the beginning, or “presearch” phase of research. Now, Credo Reference is pleased to announce an easy-to-use alternative for researchers – Credo Topic Pages – that help answer the question, “Where do I start?”
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Credo’s Topic Pages – a great place to start your research!

Credo Reference

Mike Sweet, CEO of Credo Reference, gave me a tour of the new Credo Topic Pages yesterday.  What a great tool they are for background/overview information on 10,000 different topics!  The stimulus for creating the Topic Pages was context.  A University of Washington study on how students research in the digital age found that students struggle to find context for the masses of information available to them in the digital age.  Enter Credo’s Topic Pages.  The pages are designed to offer context and vocabulary, subject orientation, and pathways to further exploration of the topic.  The pages include simple definitions, encyclopedia entries, tag clouds showing the vocabulary of the topic, images, and a title list of the most common references from subject encyclopedia articles (all part of the Credo Reference content).   Sharing the topic page content via social tools, links to the library’s chat/IM service, and article citations via EasyBib are included as well, and that’s just the basic topic page.  (side note, have you heard of EasyBib?  16 million students are using it….probably some of yours) Continue reading

Bibliographical Center for Research partners with Credo – discounts for all members

Those libraries in the Western U.S. might want to investigate this discount if you have any interest in Credo.  Discount amount not mentioned in the press release, however.

Credo Reference Partners with BCR to Bring Online Reference to Member Institutions at a Discount

Boston and Oxford, October 23, 2008 – Credo Reference, provider of customizable online reference collections, is pleased to announce that they are partnering with BCR to provide its services to member libraries. With the new agreement, member institutions have the option of purchasing their choice of Credo Unlimited, Credo 250 or Credo 100 at a discount.

BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a multistate, nonprofit network of academic, research, school, public and special libraries that provides members with training, products, discounts and consultation expertise. BCR understands the unique challenges of libraries in this technology-driven era, and brings them together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. Both individual libraries and state library systems can join the network. Current member states include Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming as well as members located in additional states.

“BCR is the nation’s oldest and most established multistate library cooperative and we are pleased to partner with them to provide Credo’s reference collections to their members,” added Mike Sweet, Credo CEO. “We know the member libraries will discover that our over three million cross-searchable entries, from 350+ titles and 61 publishers, covering every major subject, will be a key addition to their offerings.”

The Credo page on the BCR web site is: http://www.bcr.org/services/databases/credo/reference.html.