New resource: Credo Reference

Access to the Credo Reference online reference library has been set up in eSearch. Access is direct on-campus; off-campus access is not yet enabled, but will follow shortly (and will by provided through Athens authentication). The resource is described as follows:

Credo Reference offers an extensive collection of reference resources – including the full text of a wide subject range of fact books, directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias. As well as full-text, Credo Reference provides images, sound, maps, customizable data, visual concept maps of results and other dynamic search and retrieval tools.

Credo Reference can be cross-searched within eSearch. For assessment purposes, in addition to the standard Credo Reference search configuration (which searches all the available collections), additional configurations have been set up for specific collections within Credo Reference, namely: Biography, Dictionaries, Encylopedias and Quotations. Feedback on whether the ability to restrict searches to specific collections in this way is useful is welcomed.

Because of the way that data is presented within the Credo Reference platform, SFX connections from search results in eSearch have been disabled. Direct access to the specific entry in any of the Credo collections is provided by either of the clickable links in the eSearch search result (see illustration below):

Credo - screengrab of MetaLib result display

Within the Credo Reference platform itself, in addition to NTU branding, clickable links back to the LLR web site and to the university home page have been added (see illustration below):

Credo - screengrab of NTU branding in the Credo Reference platform

Credo Reference has been enabled as an SFX ‘source’, and the ‘Find it @ NTU’ button appears under the ‘linked resources’ heading on the left-hand side of the page of any search results. When clicked, this submits the Title and ISBN from which the entry in Credo Reference has been sourced to SFX (see illustration below):

Credo - screengrab of SFX button display in the Credo Reference platform

Catalogue records for each of the eBooks in Credo Reference will be added to the Library Catalogue in due course.