Reference Spotlight—CredoReference

Written by Jason Stuart, Reference Librarian


With hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and biographical resources, CredoReference is an excellent place to get a handle on your topic. Find out about the key figures and thinkers, the main ideas, a brief history, and other important aspects of your topic as you begin the research process. Many of the texts in Credo will contain a list of sources at the end of an entry. These can be valuable for gaining a list of possible books and articles relevant to your topic.

Credo offers a citation for every bit of information you’ll find there, even for the images. Properly citing images is a great way to enhance the professional presentation of your paper. Citation information is at the bottom of each page in APA, MLA, and Chicago formats.

You can search all entries at once, or by subject, or within just one publication. Credo is a powerful reference tool and is strong across all disciplines. Areas of particular depth include biography, business, communications, government and politics, history, literature, philosophy, psychology, and science. The database also includes an extensive list of foreign language dictionaries.

A Library Journal poll of reference librarians around the country ranked CredoReference as “best overall” reference database in 2011.* Click here to begin using this terrific resource!



*Alec Sonsteby, et al. “BEST DATABASES.” Library Journal (November 16, 2011): 6-12. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost.