Curated collection of reference eBooks – subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides – from highly regarded publishers.
Reference works provide background information on a topic.
Background research helps you understand your topic.
Learning about your topic for a research assignment helps you
Confused about a topic from a class discussion or an assigned reading? Using a reference work from Credo can
Credo Reference is recommended as a background research tool because it covers many subject areas. In addition, the database has several features useful to student researchers.
Credo Reference provides citations in APA, Chicago, Harvard, and MLA styles.
Where did you find it? in the subscription database Credo Reference
What is it? article / entry from a reference source
Which URL? Use the permalink not the browser link. Saving Links in "How do I save articles?" has more information.
Do not research twice! Save your research — it is hard to predict what information will be needed when it is time it is time to write your paper or prepare your presentation.
Create a collection of saved articles
CAUTION Selected articles are remembered only for the duration of your session. If you close your browser or start over, the list of marked articles will be cleared.
NOTE: The URL from the browser search bar does not link you to Thigpen Library's subscription to Credo Reference. Use the links from within the database.
Use a proxied permalink from the database for easier direct access to your work. You will find this type of link from the page link or the link included with the citation.
There is another link in the database that is not proxied and requires an additional step to open. The standard permalink requires you to first open the Credo Reference database using a Thigpen Library link. Once you are authorized to use the database you can paste the standard link to open an article or page.
The Standard permalink is found when you use the Share icon. There are options to email or save the article with Share. The link shows at the top of the "Export Article" page retrieved when you use Share.
Credo Reference has a series of short tutorials that teach you how to find, evaluate, and use information effectively. "Research Quick Tips" are located in the database so you must login to view.
This page offers easy access to the subscription database Credo Reference and provides a few tips for using this resource effectively. It is not a comprehensive guide to the database; it simply assists Vol State users with common questions. Use the Help link in the database to learn more about using this resource.