Credo Reference

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Credo
Type Private
Industry Reference/Database services
Headquarters 201 South Street, 4th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Key people Chief Executive Officer: Mike Sweet
Products Credo General Reference
Credo Publisher Collections
Website http://corp.credoreference.com

Credo Reference or Credo (formerly Xrefer) is a company that offers online reference content by subscription and partners with libraries to develop information-literacy programs or produce library marketing plans and materials [1]. Founded in 1999, Credo Reference provides full-text online versions of about 1200 published reference works from more than 70 publishers in a variety of major subjects.[2] These include general and subject dictionaries as well as encyclopedias.[3] The company's customers are libraries, which subscribe to the service for their patrons' use.

In 2010, a review of general reference sources by Library Journal focused on Credo Reference and three similar services.[4] The review noted Credo Reference’s internal linking within the site from one reference work to another.

History[edit]

The company was founded as Xrefer in 1999. Xrefer initially provided free access to several dozen reference works.[5] The "xrefer plus" subscription service was launched in 2002, offering an expanded collection of reference materials. The freexrefer site was discontinued in June 2003.[6][7][8] The name Credo Reference was adopted in June 2007; the company also moved its England office from London to Oxford in that year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swoger, Bonnie. eReviews: Literati by Credo. Library Journal. 2012-05-15. Accessed: 2014-11-10.
  2. ^ Brynko, Barbara. Sweet: The Rise of Credo Reference. Information Today. 2011-06-16. Accessed: 2011-06-16. (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5zTYWk1pT )
  3. ^ Jack O'Gorman (2008), Reference sources for small and medium-sized libraries (7th ed.), p. 11, ISBN 978-0-8389-0943-0 
  4. ^ Golderman, Gail; Connolly, Bruce. eReviews: General Reference Sources and Short Takes. LibraryJournal.com. 2011-06-15. Accessed: 2011-06-15. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5zTSt1ROw )
  5. ^ Xrefer's front page as of August 17, 2000, via archive.org.
  6. ^ "Free xrefer to Shut Down". Search Engine Showdown. May 19, 2003. 
  7. ^ "Archive as of February 4, 2003". Web.archive.org. 2003-02-04. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  8. ^ "Archive as of June 21, 2003". Web.archive.org. 2003-06-21. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 

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