What's New With Credo
As libraries continue to evolve in today’s shifting information landscape, so does Credo. We work hard to stay on the forefront of education, where research instruction, reference, and technology meet. Keep track of recently-launched products and features, current studies and thought leadership, Credo in the news, and upcoming events!

First Year Experience 
Access webinars, blog posts, and more

Open Resource E-book
The Credo FYE Guide: Practices for Enhancing Instruction
Tips, activities, and best practices to increase your impact on new students from the library to the classroom.


Webinar recording: Evolving Strategic Partnerships for Teaching and Learning in the Academic Ecosystem
Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Associate Professor at The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and Raymond Pun, Instruction/Research Librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education, will share best practices, ideas, and approaches to proactively support learning initiatives through innovative programming.

Webinar recording: Bursting the Echo Chamber: Resources to Fight Polarization and Empower Critical Thinking Skills Webinar
Join ProCon.org CEO Kamy Akhavan as he shares the rigorous editorial process his organization undertakes to accurately represent multiple facets of complex issues for their 25 million annual users. Attendees will learn strategies for drawing students out of their echo chambers, and explore trusted open web resources to help researchers locate reliable information on trending topics

Webinar recording: How We Teach Is What We Teach: Integrating Effective FYE Instruction
Join Kent State University Library Director Mary Hricko and Fresno State Doctoral Student Ray Pun as they discuss strategies for improving the efficacy of information literacy instruction by using resources like Credo, and how to bring faculty into the loop so they too can positively impact student outcomes

Choice Podcasts: A First Year Experience Toolbox
We sponsored a series of recent Choice podcasts on the FYE featuring some of our favorite librarians. From better understanding the misconceptions first year students carry with them as they arrive on campus, to facilitating collaboration without reinventing the wheel year after year, these panels of librarians bring a wealth of experience and a full slate of fun activities to inspire your library’s FYE initiative.

Blog Posts

FYE Insights and News
Raymond Pun, Fresno State Doctoral Student, brings his unique perspective as the Credo Blog’s FYE Correspondent. Every month, he and guest librarians report on current trends and practices in the FYE. 

Learn more from your peers

Research Projects
Information Literacy Study
We partnered with Lisa Hinchliffe of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to explore predictable student misunderstandings regarding information literacy, and strategies to address these through instruction.

Read the full-text article in the journal, Communications in Information Literacy 

Student Research Skills
Surveyed hundreds of students and faculty to identify the truth and assumptions each make about student research
First Year Experience Survey
Partnered with Library Journal to research and measure the need for information literacy instruction for first-year college/university students and its impact on the First-Year Experience. 
Case Studies
Orientation Starting Off on the Right Foot: Proven Cases of Successful Orientation Programs
Collaboration Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Bringing Campuses Together Around Information Literacy
Assessment Improving Library, Faculty, and Student Performance through Assessment
Student Engagement Once Upon a Library: How a Story-time Collaboration Helped Build FYE Engagement

Credo in Instruction
Learn how faculty and librarians can use Credo in instruction

Introducing our expanded Credo product family!


Credo’s Learning Tools product suite offers librarians a range of options for launching or expanding upon instructional programming of foundational skills like information literacy, critical thinking, and communication. Explore more details below under Product Updates, or see our recent press release and this message from Credo's General Manager.

Open Resource IL Strategy E-handbook
From Planning to Assessment: A Guide to Creating a Successful IL Program
 A step-by-step approach to creating or improving an IL program, with current research, examples, and activities.


Webinar recording: Lost in the Information Landscape: Helping Students Find Their Bearings with Credo

Dan Chibnall, STEM Librarian at Drake University, shares strategies for teaching students to navigate information and approach sources with an objective eye. He also discusses incorporating Credo Online Reference Service into engaging activities when teaching information literacy instruction.

Webinar recording: Instruction Tools for the Busy Librarian
In this Charleston Conference webinar, Emily Metcalf, Instruction Services Librarian at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, and Amanda DiFeterici, Senior Product Manager at Credo, share time-saving strategies for improving library instruction, and resources like Credo’s Learning Tools that will help you accomplish your goals.  

Webinar recording: Librarians, Faculty, and Credo: The Affordable Learning Trifecta
Professor Jody Ondich and faculty librarian Bridget Reistad of Lake Superior College discuss how they teamed up to use Credo, and existing library resources, as an “Affordable Learning” solution for their students.

Instruction Support
How Credo Online Reference Service supports instruction:

  • Every page includes permalinks, allowing librarians or faculty to create custom collections on the fly
  • Credo Embeds are an easy way to embed articles and entries onto your institution’s Learning Management System (LMS) or website
  • Topic Pages and articles are ideal for LibGuides and subject guides

Visit toolbox.credoreference.com for more tips, tricks, and advice for getting the most out of your subscription.

Credo InfoLit Learning Community
An open forum for librarians to communicate with other Learning Tools and Credo Online Reference Service customers, ask questions, and learn from each other’s best practices. The community features:

  • new_2Coming soon: short how-to videos
  • An ongoing speaker series of librarians and thought leaders in information literacy instruction
  • Strategies for engaging faculty with information literacy
  • Resources - slide decks, infographics, handouts, and more related to information literacy

In the News
Read reviews, customer articles, and more

OAT_seal_RGB Winner: 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Learn why we're considered the go-to instruction resource for libraries of all sizes and types globally.

Choice Review
Reviewed by D.G. Ernstausen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Summing up:“...Essential. All libraries. All levels.” says Choice. “...a first-rate place to visit when [students] are looking for validated sources of information.

Charleston Advisor Review
Reviewed by Larry Sheret, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
Advisor reviewed: 4.4 out of 5 stars - "especially well-suited to the beginning user population."

Council of Chief Librarians Electronic Access & Resources Committee Review
Comparison Review of Information Literacy Tutorial Products
 4 stars or higher in four out of the five categories - "Credo Information Literacy Modules present a series of tutorials that more closely match how librarians teach and address [traditional information literacy topics] in a way that supports the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education." 

News Articles
Library School Students Master Original Research (subscribers only)
By Henrietta Verma, Library Journal
Credo’s own Customer Success Manager published an article in Library Journal (subscribers only) about the contributions of LIS students in the field as their examinations of learning behaviors and library praxis have increasingly become part of the learning experience.

First Year Experience Conference at CWRU Focuses on Service, Student Retention
By Denice Rovira Hazlett, Library Journal
Credo partners with Case Western Reserve University to support FYE innovation through FYE Innovation Awards. 

Customer Articles
Library Breaks Down Credo Reference
By Kate Hess, Kirkwood Community College
“Credo is not simply a place to start your research, but a launch pad for continued research in collections of reliable resources.”

Students Partner With Library to Address Textbook Affordability
By: Amber Donnelly, W&M Libraries
"...Decrease textbook costs by taking advantage of the library’s e-book collections, especially those with unlimited user access databases [like Credo]"

Product Updates
Continuous enhancements to improve user experience

Credo Online Reference Service

Research Quick Tips
We’ve added concise, informative videos to the platform to assist learners during the research process. The brief clips are designed to provide information literacy instruction to users while they are searching for and evaluating background information. Topics covered include How to Find Relevant Sources, How to Avoid Bias in Your Searches, Using Pre-Research to Understand Your Topic, and more! This is a standard feature, included with all subscriptions at no additional cost. 

Real-time Reference
Credo's Real-time Reference content category provides context and background on issues of current social importance. All Core Collections include 200+ entries from ProCon.org, Bloomberg QuickTakes and The Conversation covering and debating “in the news” topics, like gun control, the gender wage gap, medical marijuana and more. Entries are updated regularly and new content is sourced continuously to offer reliable, non-biased research from around the world.

Embeddable Mind Map - Just like Credo entries and Topic Pages, the Mind Map brainstorming tool is now embeddable in your course pages, LibGuides, and websites! This quick video shows how using this live, interactive tool on your site opens up new research possibilities for your users.

Add-on Content
Credo offers additional add-on content including one-time purchase titles, core collections, and essentials collections to meet all of your research content needs.

Benefits to subscribing to Credo's add-on content:

  • Customers experience on average a 57% jump in usage after they purchase a Custom Collection.
  • Customers who subscribe to Essentials Collections see on average a 120% jump in usage in the year following subscription. 

Fall and winter updates will feature new and refreshed instructional content, as well as our new Link Constructor, which will make it easier for you to add your proxy when needed.

Content updates are included in the subscription price at no extra cost. Check here to see recent and forthcoming releases and updates.

Learning Tools
Introducing Learning Tools
We’ve created the Learning Tools product family to offer you new and updated resources for teaching foundational skills like information literacy, critical thinking, and communication. Our InfoLit Modules will now be known as Instruct
TM to reflect the growing range of possibilities opened up by the revamped platform. The addition of ViewTM, an instructional video collection, will help kick-start new initiatives or enhance existing lessons.

Instruct (formerly known as the InfoLit Modules)
Multimedia and assessment tool for deepening teaching of foundational skills. 

  • Select from included information literacy and/or critical thinking content packages.
  • Enrich instruction with dozens of standards-aligned videos, tutorials, and quizzes.
  • Generate engagement and assessment reports with Credo Insights, our graphical interface for better understanding product usage and student performance.

View *New*
Instructional video collection supporting student learning of information literacy, communication, quantitative literacy, and other critical thinking skills.

  • Kickstart your library instruction program with 60+ high-quality, ACRL-aligned videos.
  • Flip classes, collaborate with faculty, and provide point-of-need instruction with ease.