Monday, November 5, 2007

Credo Reference added to virtual Reference Shelf

Eckerd College has recently purchased Credo Reference, an online interdisciplinary reference resource. Credo Reference is available to all members of the Eckerd community on campus, or off campus, by using your e-mail user name and password.

To reach Credo Reference, choose the link Reference Shelf from the home page (as seen below).

Once you reach our virtual reference shelf, you will see Credo Reference as the first link listed under Encyclopedias and Dictionaries.

In Credo Reference, you can search all 289 reference books, or you can narrow your search to all the science reference books (complete title list below), or one particular reference book. Many results have images or even video links included. For example, I searched "Comet" in the Astronomy Encyclopedia to find an entry on Comet Holmes, which has been prevalent in recent news. In addition to an entry on this comet, more than 100 other entries, many with images, were available.

Credo also include concept map searching. The image below shows an example concept map for photosynthesis. Each dot represents a concept that is linked to photosynthesis. This feature is a fun way for you to explore larger concepts that you are trying to focus for a research paper. To see a larger image of the concept map, click on the map.

The science titles included in Credo are listed below:

  • Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology
  • Astronomy Encyclopedia
  • Atlas of the Universe
  • Collins Dictionary of Astronomy
  • Collins Dictionary of Biology
  • Dictionary of Astronomy, Peter Collin Publishing
  • Dictionary of Developmental Biology and Embryology, Wiley
  • Encyclopedia of Paleontology
  • Guide to Gems
  • Guide to Global Hazards
  • Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils
  • Guide to Seashells of the World
  • Guide to Stars and Planets
  • Guide to the Oceans
  • Illustrated Dictionary of Science, Andromeda
  • McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
  • McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
  • Reader's Guide to the History of Science
  • The American Heritage Science Dictionary
  • The Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists
  • The Macquarie Dictionary of Trees & Shrubs
  • The New Penguin Dictionary of Science
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Physics

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