Credo Reference Launches New and Improved Interface
Innovative features greatly enhance research experience
Boston and Oxford, September 3, 2008 â€“ Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference library, has completely updated and enhanced its interface. The new and improved platform now features key elements developed as a result of direct feedback and testing with librarians worldwide. Credoâ€™s user-friendly interface has been optimized to address different types of reference questions.
Credo Reference and its continually expanding online collection provide cross-searchable access to more than three million entries from 300+ key titles and 60+ publishers. Now, with the newly revamped interface, Credo Reference users will be able to take advantage of such features as:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Faceted browsing â€“ refine searches in many different ways, such as by subject, type of content, person or entries with images or audio.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Improved Concept Map â€“ Credoâ€™s visualization tool.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Direct linking to the resources of a libraryâ€™s choice â€“ view search results in another library resource with one click through Credoâ€™s new “Related Resources” feature. Library configurable.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Multilingual interface â€“ English, Chinese, French, Polish, Spanish and Urdu are currently available. More languages to follow.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Citation management â€“ export saved results to the userâ€™s tool of choice, such as RefWorks or EndNote.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Bookmarking in a favorite, social networking site, such as Del.icio.us or Facebook.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Explore titles by heading, person, place, image, audio or video. Hover over an entry in the index for a preview.
The beta-testers for this new interface raved about the enhancements. â€œOne of the strongest features of the interface is Credoâ€™s cross-referencing â€“ â€˜Related Entriesâ€™, which can help our students expand their research beyond their original search,â€ commented Gloria Rohmann, New York University Digital Access Librarian. â€œOur researchers will now be able to click directly from a Credo entry to a related topic, with no extra typing required. That will help make their research experience smoother and more thorough.â€
â€œThe new interface is a lot more intuitive, which makes it easier to maneuver through,â€ agreed Anna Grigson, Assistant Digital Resources Librarian at University of Westminster Library. â€œThe vastly improved Concept Map â€“ which is great for visual learners â€“ helps to better visualize the relationships between topics, something that can be invaluable with more complex research topics. Itâ€™s great that Credo Reference is reaching out to all researchers no matter what their language or learning style.â€
â€œWeâ€™re pleased to launch the significantly enhanced Credo Reference platform,â€ added John G. Dove, Credo Reference President. â€œWeâ€™ve listened carefully to all the feedback that weâ€™ve received from librarians and end-users and have worked to develop a reference experience that matches our unparalleled and exceptional content.Â Our intention is to save time for learners, which is what reference is all about.â€
The enhanced Credo Reference interface is available via subscription at www.credoreference.com. Librarians can request a free trial at http://corp.credoreference.com/freetrial.
Credo Reference, with offices in Oxford and Boston, has been offering completely customizable reference collections for libraries since 1999. Formerly known as Xrefer, Credoâ€™s General Reference and Specialist Reference services combine extensive content from multiple publishers with unique cross-referencing technology, effortlessly delivering authoritative answers to over four million researchers worldwide. Visit www.credoreference.com.
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