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Credo Statement of Participation in Discovery Services (PDF)

Credo ODI Appendix B Statement (PDF)

Credo currently partners with the following Discovery services:

More detailed information about these partnerships, including information on how to set up your Credo resources, is below. If you have any questions, or are using another Discovery service and would like to see Credo resources in your search results, please submit a support request

Don't see your service listed? Try our Metasearch vendor page instead.

We regularly send both our content and our metadata to these vendors. Our customers can simply enable the correct Credo collections in the Discovery Admin account to make Credo entries and (in some cases) Topic Pages discoverable in their institution’s interface. If you're not sure what collection you have, please see this FAQ page.



Credo and EDS 

 

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)

EDS: Academic Core Only

  • Turn on the database Credo: Academic Core (edscra) in the EBSCO admin. Note that this collection is Academic Core (no Backfile). Follow the links below for specific instructions:

Managing your content in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)

Short Tutorial (2:12 long)

'Adding a new database to your profile'

'New Content Automatically Enabled Setting'

  • Set up the CustomLink for Academic Core (edscra)

Setting up a CustomLink for EDS Partner Databases

 

  • Enable Academic Core in your holdings

 

    1. In EDS Admin, go to Holdings Management > Vendors, and find Credo Reference
    2. In the Packages list, find the Academic Core collection and set to "Selected under Current Holdings."

Customers are able to carry out both of these processes on their own. However, EDS recommends that customers work with their support team at eds@ebsco.com.

Collections beyond Academic Core

  • Turn on the database Credo Reference Collections (edscrc) in the EBSCO admin. Note that this collection is all Credo content. Follow the links below for specific instructions on this process:

Managing your content in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)

Short Tutorial (2:12 long)

'Adding a new database to your profile'

'New Content Automatically Enabled Setting'

  • Set up the CustomLink for your subscribed collection(s). Academic Core should be pre-defined, so you can select it from the list (Step 7 in the how-to doc below). If you can't find your collection on the list, you'll need to set up a local collection (next step).

Setting up a CustomLink for EDS Partner Databases

  • Set up Local Collections for each collection not set up as a predefined CustomLink. When a library administrator sets up a local collection in EBSCOadmin, a file is created that describes the collection and tells EBSCO which titles should be included in it.

Guide to Local Collections
Using MARC to create Local Collections

 

  • Enable any Credo Collections in your holdings

 

    1. In EDS Admin, go to Holdings Management > Vendors, and find Credo Reference
    2. In the Packages list, find each collection you subscribe to and set to "Selected under Current Holdings."

Finding Credo resources in EDS search results

  • Credo entries and Topic Pages are often classified as “Books,” “Research Starters” or “Electronic Resources” under Source Types.
  • The “Credo Reference Collections” option under Content Provider will display only Credo resources.
  • To determine if a specific search result comes from Credo, look at the result’s detailed record; if search.credoreference.com is in the URL field, you’ll know it’s from us!

 

 

Credo EDS Widget

We also have a Credo widget available for your EDS account. To set this up, you'll need to add your Credo client ID (available from support@credoreference.com) to the following code:

<script type="text/javascript" src="//platform.credoreference.com/ebsco/js/search.js?apiKey=CLIENTIDHERE&amp;searchTerm=ep.SearchTerm"></script>

You can find the process to set this up in the EBSCO Knowledgebase, or we can initiate set-up upon request.

 

Credo search results can also be set up to appear in a placard at the top of your EDS search results, in place of the built-in EDS "Research Starters" placard. To see what it looks like, click here

To set this up:

In EDS admin, navigate to Viewing Results > Widgets > Custom Widget.

Use "Custom HTML" (as opposed to "IFrame HTML"). Set "height" to 1 and use the following code in the Custom HTML Box. You'll need to add your Credo client ID (available from support@credoreference.com) where the code reads CLIENTIDHERE.

 

<div id="edsterm" style="display:none">ep.SearchTerm</div>
<script type="text/javascript" language="Javascript" src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.2/jquery.min.js"></script>

<script>
var searchterm = encodeURIComponent($('#edsterm').text());
var credo = 'http://platform.credoreference.com/ebsco/js/search.js?apiKey=CLIENTIDHERE&searchTerm='+searchterm
document.body.appendChild(document.createElement('script')).src=credo;
</script>

<script type="text/javascript"language=“Javascript" src="http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/simplekey/credo/placard/credo_placard.php?title=Credo%20Placard&hide=1"></script>

 Customizing links to Credo with 'institutionId'

All Credo URLs support the use of the institutionId parameter, which uses a unique ID number for your account to facilitate remote authentication.

Any link that includes this parameter will redirect remote users to a log-in page specific to your account and prompt them to log in via your preferred remote authentication method (e.g. proxy, username/password, library card). After authentication, the user will land directly on the page they were trying to access. In addition, if your account shares a proxy server or IP ranges with any other accounts, using the institutionId parameter will ensure that your users reach the correct account.

In particular, we recommend this option if you do not use a proxy for access or if you share a proxy server with other institutions, since it will help students log in to the correct account.

For more information, including instructions on finding your institutionId, see here.

The institutionId parameter can be added to Credo entry links in your EDS by updating your settings in EDS Admin. If you prefer, you can ask the EDS support team to assist you by emailing support@ebsco.com.

The institutionId can be entered in the ‘Query String’ field in the CustomLink for your Credo collection, as shown here. Please note that the ‘?’ before ‘institutionId=’ will be automatically added between the Base URL and the Query String.

 

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If you’re not sure how to get to the page for your Credo CustomLink or you don’t have a CustomLink set up, the EDS documentation can be found here:

https://help.ebsco.com/interfaces/EBSCOadmin/EBSCOadmin_FAQs/setup_a_CustomLink_to_Credo_Reference

Support for current EDS customers: http://support.ebsco.com/eds/

 

Primo Central (Ex Libris)

Credo in Primo

  • There are three options to integrate Credo entries in Primo search results:
    • "Credo Academic" will enable Academic Core titles only. Please note that this does not include the "Backfile" titles of Academic Core with Backfile. 
    • "Reference Materials" will activate all Credo titles, including ones to which your library doesn't have access. This may be a good option for customers who don't subscribe to Academic Core.
    • "Credo Reference Topic Pages" will integrate Credo's 10,000 research-starting Topic Page articles. These pages are accessible in any account. 

Finding Credo resources in Primo search results

  • Credo entries and Topic Pages are often classified as “Reference Entries” under Resource Type.
  • The “Credo Reference” option under Collections in the Refine My Results menu will display only Credo resources.
  • To determine if a specific search result comes from Credo, look at the result’s detailed record; if it’s from us, the “Source” will be Credo Reference and the link on the right will say “View this record in Credo Reference.”


Support for current Primo customers: http://www.customercenter.exlibrisgroup.com/

 

SirsiDynix Enterprise - RETIRED IN 2017

Credo can be integrated into the Enterprise Discovery System using our z39.50 Gateway. You can use an existing Credo username and password to set up this access, or submit a support request to have us create a new username and password. 

Adding a Z39.50 Source

Name: Credo
Description:  Credo Reference
Host: z3950.credoreference.com
Port: 2100
Authenticated:  ON
Username: ***
Password:   ****

The Record Character set should also be MARC8 rather than UNICODE.

For more help with the set-up, Sirsi customers can contact Sirsi customer support.

 

Summon (Serials Solutions)

Credo and Summon

Credo entries are available in Summon search results.

How to turn on Credo resources in Summon

  • Choose your Core Collection (Academic Core, Public Core, School Core, Complete Core) in the Summon administrative interface. Don't choose "Credo Reference All Titles" or "Credo General Reference", as these do not match customer-facing collections.
  • We also have a "Featured Encyclopedia" integration of our Topic Pages. 


Finding Credo resources in Summon search results

  • To see Credo entries in Summon search results, “Reference” needs to be included as a Content Type. You can set this as a default for your search results in Summon, and users can also select this option individually.
  • All Credo resources will say “Reference: Available Online” underneath the result summary in the search results list.
  • We've had a few reports lately of titles showing up in Summon search results but being inaccessible; if this is the case, please let us know so that we can bring it to ProQuest's attention.


Support for current Summon customers: http://www.serialssolutions.com/en/services/summon/resources

WorldCat (OCLC)

Credo and WorldCat

  • To link to Credo titles, you should enable Credo in Worldcat Discovery (Screenshot here), then select your appropriate collection - typically, Academic Core - in the OCLC Knowledgebase (Screenshot here.) 
  • In WorldShare, go to Collection Manager > Setting  > WorldCat Holdings" and click "Maintain Holdings: Yes"
  • Once you've enabled Credo titles, your own content should appear near the top of search results, followed by some content to which you do not have access. You should also have the option to limit to just what's in your library's subscription after the search.
  • To link to entries, rather than just titles, you must enable 856 linking. To do so, go to My Worldcat.org > Full Text and Open Access Links, and check "Links from the Master WorldCat record 856 to Non-open access content/free content."

Customizing Credo Links with institutionId

All Credo URLs support the use of the institutionId parameter, which uses a unique ID number for your account to facilitate remote authentication.

Any link that includes this parameter will redirect remote users to a log-in page specific to your account and prompt them to log in via your preferred remote authentication method (e.g. proxy, username/password, library card). After authentication, the user will land directly on the page they were trying to access. In addition, if your account shares a proxy server or IP ranges with any other accounts, using the institutionId parameter will ensure that your users reach the correct account.

In particular, we recommend this option if you do not use a proxy for access or if you share a proxy server with other institutions, since it will help students log in to the correct account.

For more information, including instructions on finding your institutionId, see here.

To add the institutionId to Credo links in OCLC Discovery, follow these steps. If you prefer, you can contact OCLC Support for assistance at support@oclc.org.

In OCLC Knowledgebase, navigate to the settings for your Credo collection and look under the “Linking" header for the "Title Link Formula" field.

In this field, add "?institutionId=****" to the end of the formula for the link. It should look like this:

[[localstem]][url]?institutionId=****

Make sure to replace the **** with your institution Id number.

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Support for current WorldCat Local customers: http://www.oclc.org/worldcatlocal/support/default.htm

Support for current WorldCat Discovery Services customers: http://www.oclc.org/support/services/discovery.en.html

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