3 September 2008. Boston and Oxford -- 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. Credo'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:
- Faceted browsing – refine searches in many different ways, such as by subject, type of content, person or entries with images or audio.
- Improved Concept Map – Credo's visualization tool.
- Direct linking to the resources of a library's choice – view search results in another library resource with one click through Credo's new "Related Resources" feature. Library configurable.
- Multilingual interface – English, Chinese, French, Polish, Spanish and Urdu are currently available. More languages to follow.
- Citation management – export saved results to the user's tool of choice, such as RefWorks or EndNote.
- Bookmarking in a favorite, social networking site, such as Del.icio.us or Facebook.
- 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. "One of the strongest features of the interface is Credo's cross-referencing – ‘Related Entries', which can help our students expand their research beyond their original search," commented Gloria Rohmann, New York University Digital Access Librarian. "Our 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."
"The new interface is a lot more intuitive, which makes it easier to maneuver through," agreed Anna Grigson, Assistant Digital Resources Librarian at University of Westminster Library. "The vastly improved Concept Map – which is great for visual learners – helps to better visualize the relationships between topics, something that can be invaluable with more complex research topics. It's great that Credo Reference is reaching out to all researchers no matter what their language or learning style."
"We're pleased to launch the significantly enhanced Credo Reference platform," added John G. Dove, Credo Reference President. "We've listened carefully to all the feedback that we've received from librarians and end-users and have worked to develop a reference experience that matches our unparalleled and exceptional content. Our intention is to save time for learners, which is what reference is all about."
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, Credo'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.