Credo Reference Agreement 2020-2023

  • Start: 1 Jun 2020
    Expiry: 31 May 2023
  • Description:

    Credo Reference is an online reference resource providing full-text access to e-book content from over 100 highly regarded publishers. Constantly expanding, the Academic Core Collection contains over 800 titles with an emphasis on subject encyclopaedias, dictionaries, atlases, and reference handbooks. It includes over 1,000 short reference videos, nearly 300,000 high-resolution art images, and thousands of additional images across all subject areas. Also included are over 11,000 summary articles and the ability to display results from your libraries other trusted resources. Libraries can choose between the full collection (Academic Core Premium) or a 250 library selected subset (Academic Core 250), plus Credo Essential Collections is now available. The easy-to-use platform is an ideal starting point for research. Credo helps students explore topics and build context, using features such as the recently-enhanced Mind Map, related searches and extensive cross referencing.

Product overview

The Academic Core Collection offers 800+ titles from more than 100 publishers covering all academic subject areas. The collection includes over 475,000 images, audio files and hundreds of videos. The Academic Core 250 collection allows libraries to select 250 titles from our full Academic Core list of over 800 encyclopaedias, dictionaries, atlases and subject specific reference titles. Libraries are free to change their title selections any time during their subscription. Credo's recently refreshed platform is an ideal starting point for research, helping students explore topics and build context using features such as the recently enhanced Mind Map, federated search results, key concepts and extensive cross referencing.

Credo's Platform Highlights

  • Easy-to-use interface.
  • Enhanced results page powered by our Mind Map.
  • Federated search allowing the integration of results from your other library resources.
  • Key Concepts - Relevant terms are displayed within search results to help users identify the focus of each article.
  • Permalinks on all pages, including on Mind Maps.
  • Credo Embeds allowing you to embed Credo's content in your school's Learning Management System or Virtual Learning Environment.
  • 11,000+ summary articles curated for pre-search and topic exploration
  • Research Quick Tips - Concise, informative videos embedded throughout the platform to cultivate information literacy skills. Subjects covered include selecting and narrowing a topic, evaluating sources, boolean operators and more.
  • Pro/Con featured content filter helps students find reliable reference materials on issues of real-time importance. Highly respected publishers such as The Conversation and Facts On File's Issues & Controversies regularly add and update entries, bringing authority and accuracy to students' current events-related information needs.

Subject Areas

  • Agriculture, Aquaculture & Food Science
  • Animals & Veterinary Medicine
  • Arts & Leisure including Art & Art History, Fashion, Performing Arts, Popular culture and Sports
  • Biography
  • Business, Finance & Economics including Personal Finance and Management
  • Education
  • Food, Drink, Nutrition
  • General Reference including Bilingual Dictionaries, Dictionaries & Thesauri and General Encyclopedias
  • Geography
  • Health & Medicine
  • History including Archaeology & Paleontology, European History, British History, Ancient History, United States History and World History
  • Jobs & Careers
  • Language & Literature including American literature, British literature, Composition & Language arts, Linguistics, World Literature, Modern Languages and Quotations
  • Leadership
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religion & Theology including Mythology
  • Science including Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Environmental sciences, Geology, Physics and Scientists
  • Social Sciences including Anthropology, Criminology & Law, Education, Library science, Media & Communication, Political science, Sociology and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Technology & Engineering including Aeronautics & Watercraft, Architecture

Resource Types

  • Subject encyclopedias
  • Image libraries
  • Video collections
  • Chronologies
  • Subject Dictionaries
  • Reader's Guides
  • Quotation and Speech Collections
  • Biographies

As of 26 March 2020, the Academic Core collection is comprised of 800+ titles. A complete list of titles is available.

Summary Articles and Federated Search Results: A subscription to Credo includes over 11,000 summary articles curated for pre-search and topic exploration. Subscribing Libraries can further enhance their search results to include results from third-party vendors such as EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest. Working with Credo's support team, this federated search capability can be fully customized to provide students with a gateway to your library's other trusted resources.

Subscription options

Aca Core 250: Institutions currently taking Academic Core 200 will be upgraded to the 250 title collection at no additional charge, only paying the relevant annual increase for the commitment period selected. The 250 titles are chosen by the subscribing institution from the full Academic Core collection

Aca Core Premium: Academic Core Full Collection of titles. There are currently 800+ titles in early 2020. A full list of the titles included within the collection can be located here:

Credo Essential Collections are supplemental, single-subject collections of award-winning, classic, and peer-acclaimed full-text content available for subscription. The Essentials Collections include expertly curated e-books that cover a range of in-demand subjects and provide thoughtful background research for users. Essentials Collections are accessed via the Credo Online Reference platform.

The offer: Institutions should review the offer document (see 'Agreement Information' drop down below) for full details of the agreement.

Description timeline

Ancient history to present.

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Update Notes

Credo is updated monthly. Subscribing libraries receive a monthly email highlighting the new and updated content, with a reminder to download free MARC records.