This video tutorial will demonstrate how to access online reference books through the library database Credo Reference.
To access library databases, click the gray Databases button on the library website.
Credo Reference is listed in the Library's Recommended Databases list. This database allows you to search through hundreds of online reference books in order to learn the basics about a topic. To access this database, click its title.
To log in, your username is your SF ID number @sfcollege.edu. On the next screen, enter your college password.
The Credo Reference search screen allows you to search for a topic. Keep your search terms simple for the best results. Credo Reference only includes reference books and some media. It does not include journal articles.
In this example, the search term is Monroe Doctrine. The search results may include Mind Maps, Topic Pages, and relevant entries. You can limit your search by using the drop-down boxes under Articles. Relevant filters include subject, date, and length.
Titles of entries are in blue. The name of the book an entry is from is in black, under the entry title. There will also be a text snippet from the entry, a word count, and a list of key concepts. Click the title of an entry to view the full text.
The full text of the entry will appear, along with any associated images. To explore more from this book, click the title. You may also wish to explore related articles, located under Related Searches. There are options to cite, print, and share the entry in the toolbar above the title.
You may also cite the entry by scrolling to the end of the page and choosing the citation style you need. Keep in mind that generated citations are not necessarily correct, and you should always double-check them.
If you are still in need of a topic, then you may find it helpful to browse topics or use the mind maps. To browse a listing of topic pages, on the front page, click the three-line icon, and then choose Topics from the drop-down menu.
This will take you to an alphabetical list of topics. You can use the All Subjects drop-down menu to filter the topics by subject.
To use a mind map, search for the subject you want to explore. The mind map for this topic will be located on the right of the results page. To expand the mind map, click the icon near the left corner of the map.
Mind maps allow you to quickly view different parts of a broad topic, which can help you to narrow your area of interest into a specific topic. You can click on a subtopic to see more related topics. Once you find a topic of interest, you can minimize the mind map to view relevant information on that topic.
This concludes the video tutorial on using Credo Reference. If you still have questions, please contact a librarian:
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