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Credo Reference

The Credo e-reference collection includes over 70 high-quality religion and theology reference works that can help you get a quick overview of a topic. Access it by going to Research Tools | Databases | Credo, or click here to access it directly.

Getting Started with Credo Reference (Emerson College)

This video (4:22) from Emerson College demonstrates how to use Credo Reference. 

Credo Reference: How to run a basic search (video)

This short video walks you through the basic search process in Credo.

Credo Reference: How to find a book (PDF)

Want to check out a specific title in Credo? This handout will show you how.

Is it okay to use Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is not generally considered a scholarly source, but it can be a good place to find general information, depending on what you are using it for. When in doubt, always ask your professor if you aren't sure if you should be using Wikipedia for a particular assignment or not.

Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface (North Caroline State University)

In this video (6:41) produced by North Carolina State University Libraries, you will learn how Wikipedia is created so you can better judge the information you find there.



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