Welcome back to your monthly resource round-up, where this month UniSkills Focus On… Credo Reference and Oxford Reference.

What do Credo Reference and Oxford Reference offer?

Credo Reference and Oxford Reference are two online reference libraries that contain encyclopaedias, dictionaries, thesauri and other reference books related to a huge range of subjects.

Credo Reference contains over 3 million articles from over 1,200 titles, published by 121 publishers and subjects covered include:

  • Arts and Leisure
  • Biography
  • Business, Finance and Economics
  • Education
  • Geography
  • Health and Medicine
  • History
  • Jobs and Careers
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology and Engineering

Oxford Reference contains reference books from Oxford University Press and includes two collections: Oxford Quick Reference and Oxford Reference Library.

Oxford Quick Reference provides brief information on a topic, whereas Oxford Reference Library contains scholarly reference books that explore the topic in more depth.

The subjects covered in these resources include:

  • History
  • Language Reference
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Media Studies
  • Medicine and Health
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Society and Culture

Benefits of using Credo Reference and Oxford Reference

Both Credo Reference and Oxford Reference are useful for all students. If you need quick information or something more in-depth Credo Reference and Oxford Reference could be just what you need.

If you have a new topic to research, they can also be a good first source of information. If you need a definition of a word or a synonym whilst writing an assignment, you may want to use their English language dictionaries and thesauri.

They can also help you with keywords that you may use to conduct further research on Discover More or another database. Whilst reading about a topic you may see useful terms you can search for, and both can give you related terms that may be helpful.

Credo Reference also has a very nice mind map feature which presents your search terms in the middle, with different branches containing other related terms. You can click on these and it will continue to provide more branches and related search terms.

Credo mind map example one with artificial intelligence in the middle and 10 key words around the side including Alan Turning, Computer Science and Intelligence Agent.
Credo mind map example two with alternative medicine in the middle and 10 key words around the side including Medice, Chinese herbology and Homeopathy.

How to access Credo Reference and Oxford Reference

In the coming weeks we will be adding both of these resources to the Additional Resources tabs on your Subject Resource pages, but for now you can search Discover More for either resource, click on the links to get to the homepage and start searching. Or follow the many links we’ve already included throughout this blog!

Further Help and Support

Remember, if you need any further help or support finding, accessing or getting the most out of your resources head over the UniSkills web pages. From here you can access lots more information, toolkits and video tutorials, book on a UniSkills Workshop and even book a one-to-one appointment.

Join us again next time as we will be looking at Business Source Complete.