Credo Reference Now Available!

All NC LIVE member libraries now have access to Credo Reference. This is a new resource for NC LIVE's 2018-2020 resource cycle, and it may be used by all library staff and patrons. As with all new 2018-2020 resources, the NC LIVE contract for this product begins January 1, 2018. Credo is providing courtesy early access to this resource.


Linking to Credo Reference

The NC LIVE Direct Link for this resource is:

Proxy Information

If you are using NC LIVE easy-on, NC LIVE password, or NC LIVE Hosted Proxy, you do not need to add any proxy information. 
If you are using a local proxy server, you can get more information on proxy configuration here: 


Which version of Credo is my library getting? Complete Core or Academic Core 

Existing Credo customers will stay with their current version of Credo. All academic libraries without an existing Credo account will default to Academic Core. All public libraries without an existing Credo account will default to Complete Core. Any library can switch to another version if they prefer. Please contact the NC LIVE Help Desk if you would like to do this.
Credo’s Academic Core collection is a full-text database of reference ebooks, including encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri, handbooks, readers’ guides, atlases, primary source materials, and image and video collections, selected for academic researchers. With over six hundred titles covering the primary disciplines of Higher Education, Academic Core provides students with the reference tools they need to perform research at any level of study.

Complete Core is a curated content collection of over one thousand reference ebooks and image/video collections, designed for a wider audience than Academic Core. This package contains all content from the Academic Core collection, plus additional titles: for emerging researchers, juvenile content such as the DK Eyewitness and Handy Answer series; for career seekers, vocational titles and job search handbooks; and for the general public, accessible titles on health, pregnancy, cooking, and more.

About Credo Reference (descriptive blurb)

Credo is an easy-to-use tool for starting research. Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.


Discover Credo

If your library uses a Discovery Service, you may be able to add Credo to your searchable content. Find more information about compatible services here. For libraries signing up to implement Summon through NC LIVE, we will preload your instance with Credo and other NC LIVE databases. 

Administrative Accounts 

Credo Reference will be sending all NC LIVE liaisons an email with account login information for their library's Credo administration account. This account can be used for things like usage stats, MARC records and customizations. NC LIVE will still provide usage statistics for Credo on our website, along with the rest of our vendors.
More information about admin account functions here:

Title Lists

Visit your Credo admin portal to access a current title list. You will be getting an email with your admin account login information soon.



Credo Reference for North Carolina
Join the Credo team for a 30 minute Credo Online Reference Service training session exclusive to NC LIVE members. Learn about the reference ebook content, Topic Pages and mind-mapping tools which support beginning research, as well as the tools available to boost usage and Credo effectiveness in your library, from embeddable entries, to LibGuides and Discovery integration.

Wednesday, September 6 at 10am

Thursday, September 7 at 2pm


Promotional Materials

Looking for a Credo logo? Download one here.
Find promotional materials, such as logos, posters and handouts here:

Embed Credo Articles

Embed full text reference content directly into your LMS or VLE. Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, Sakai, Moodle - they work with all of the major vendors and have the citable background information faculty need as the foundation for their lessons. See how here and contact Credo to discuss how you can use Credo Embeds to increase cooperation with faculty. (link: