Credo Literati

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This tutorial will give you a basic overview of Credo Reference's main features.

Credo Reference is a great starting point for research. It searches multiple reference books, gives background information about thousands of topics, brings up links to additional information available through LSU Libraries, and visually elucidates connections between topics using Mind Maps.

To navigate through the tutorial, use the arrows at the bottom of the window to advance to the next page or return to the previous page in the guide.

Accessing Credo Reference

To access Credo Reference, click on the Databases tab in the upper left corner of the library homepage ( After doing this, choose to select By Title "C"  click on Credo Reference.

It is important to note if you are accessing the database from off-campus, you will be asked to authenticate via MyLSU.

You can access the Library webpage through your MyLSU simply by clicking "Library Resources" on the left hand side and then "LSU Libraries Web Page" from the drop down menu provided.


You can use the search box at the top of Credo Reference's home page to quickly search for information.

Choosing Advanced Search lets you build a more focused search.

You can combine terms, select filters, and choose the order in which you would like to view your results to create a custom search.

Let's use Advanced Search to look for information about Baton Rouge published since 2010.

We want to search for information about Baton Rouge, not just information about batons or cream blush, so we will search for the exact phrase Baton Rouge.

Click on the filter for Publication Dates. A drop down menu will appear. Because we want information published since 2010, select the years 2010, 2011, 2012, etc.

For this example, we'll pick Relevance for the order in which we want to see the results.

What year was Baton Rouge founded?

Topic Pages

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Next to the Home button, you will see the Find Topics & Books button. Click on it.

You will see two tabs.

The first tab, Topic Pages, will bring up a comprehensive, alphabetized list of topic pages available on Credo Reference.

You can browse topic pages by subject using the menu to the left or you can search for topic pages using the search box at the top of Credo Reference's home page.

Click on Medicine in the menu to the left, then click on Acupuncture.

Topic pages can be identified by their orange title bar. Topic pages will give you a brief overview of a topic.

Acupuncture is used to treat:


Topic Pages

2 of 2Under the general overview you can find links to more information on the given topic available from LSU Libraries. You can find related overview information, scholarly journal articles, books, images and video, and news.

Does LSU Libraries have any books about acupuncture?

To the right of the entry, you can find a Mind Map. The Mind Map is a visual representation of the connections between different topics.


The second tab, Books, will bring up a comprehensive list of ebooks alphabetized by title. You can search for books using the search box at the top of the list. You can browse by subject by clicking on the subject categories on the left.

Above the list of books you will see Search the list:. Type Urban Legends in the search box next to that phrase.

Select the book Encyclopedia of Urban Legends. You can read the preface, introduction, and selected bibliography by clicking on the appropriate links.

You can also browse the encyclopedia's entries. Let’s say you are interested in learning about the Kentucky Fried Rat urban legend. Click on K, then “The Kentucky Fried Rat.” You will see the entry.

Are there actual instances of rodent parts getting into food products?


In the upper right hand corner of the screen, you can access the Tools feature. Tools allow you to access targeted Credo Reference content quickly. Need the correct pronunciation of a word? The source for a quotation? The definition of quidnunc? Tools is the place to start.

What is the definition of quidnunc?

My Literati

Return to the home page by clicking Home in the upper left hand side of the screen.

Credo Reference allows you to save and retrieve your search results using an account called My Literati.

At the top of the page, you will see Login or Sign Up. To create an account, click on Sign Up. A pop up box appears. Fill out the required information. You can also login using your Facebook account.



Credo Reference offers extensive instruction on using the database. You can access this by clicking Help.

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Research Department Updated 4/15