Credo Reference

Purple Credo logo

Credo Reference is an online database of more than 3 million entries in over 600 reference books. It is helpful when you’re developing a topic for an assignment, because it provides brief topic overviews and links to related entries in Credo Reference resources. You can also follow links from Credo Reference into other resources provided by the Durham Tech Library, including the library catalog and online databases.

Additionally, you can browse reference books by subject area, use the “image search” option to find pictures related to a topic and explore the “mind map” search strategy to brainstorm and discover related terms to your search term.

When you have become comfortable with the basic searches, the “advanced search” feature allows you to be more exact in your search strategies. If you are feeling very confident and a little adventurous, also check out the “power search” tips from the “advanced search” page.

Check it out!

New Library Resource: Credo Reference

Credo Reference

Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research projects and assignments. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.

This is an excellent resource for finding background information from reference sources.  The topic pages have in-depth articles that give a nice overview and explanation of thousands of topics.

Click here to explore Credo or use the link on our Library Databases page.

Screenshot of the Credo database focuses on a blank basic search box

Get growing with great gardening resources

Check out the library’s display of gardening resources downstairs on the lower level for ideas and inspiration:

Green text says, "Gardening Resources." Images below of a tomato, peppers, and carrots. Brown text below that says, "Get Growing!" A gardening spade is at the very bottom.

  •  American grown : the story of the White House kitchen garden and gardens across America  
  • The vegetable gardener’s container bible : how to grow a bounty of food in pots, tubs, and other containers
  • The ultimate guide to growing your own food : save money, live better, and enjoy life with food from your own garden
  • From seed to skillet : a guide to growing, tending, harvesting, and cooking up fresh, healthful food to share with people you love
  • Reclaiming our food : how the grassroots food movement is changing the way we eat
  • Grow great grub : organic food from small spaces
  • Basic gardening skills
  • The new American homestead : sustainable, self-sufficient living in the country or in the city
  • Organic manifesto : how organic farming can heal our planet, feed the world, and keep us safe
  • Growing it here, growing it now [videorecording]
  • The garden [videorecording]

Search the online catalog for more titles. Recommended gardening blogs and websites:

Testing, testing!

It’s close to time for exams, but the library has another kind of testing already going on. We’re trying out new chat software that lets us IM with students, faculty, or anyone else who needs assistance. To start talking with us, go to the library homepage and click on the chat icon in the middle of the page, near the bottom. If we’re available to chat, the icon looks like:

Shows two chat bubbles. One is orange and says, "Need Help?" The other is blue and says, "Chat with a DTCC Librarian Now"

If we’re not available, a different icon indicates that we’re away. Chat with us, and let us know what you think! We hope that this will help library services be more widely accessible, helping us reach patrons who may not be able to come into the library because of distance, work schedules, or other issues. Even if you’re in the library, though, we’d love to chat with you!

NC ECHO – a great resource for local history!

North Carolina ECHO logo with four colored circles with text underneath, "Exploring Cultural Heritage Online"Researchers and history buffs alike may now search and access local history collections across North Carolina with a single search box thanks to a collaborative project led by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, NC LIVE, and the State Library of North Carolina.

NC ECHO enables users to search across thousands of digitized historic materials, including a wide variety of books, photographs, maps, family histories, state documents, newspapers, and much more from cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina. The collections available through NC ECHO include a diverse array of materials by and about the people, places, and history of North Carolina.

To use NC ECHO, patrons can visit, and search based on historical interests, places, or people.  All of the collections available through the NC ECHO search are freely available online to all users, regardless of their location or affiliation.

Spotlight on new NC LIVE resources!

We are excited to announce that NC LIVE has added several new resources.  Happy exploring!

Art & Architecture Complete

This database features magazines, journals, trade publications and books covering a variety of art and architecture subjects including antiques, art and art history, interior and landscape design, and more. Includes image collection of over 63,000 images.

Biography Reference Center

This database includes more than 450,000 biographies, including actors, authors, explorers, historical figures, inventors, musicians, Presidents of the United States, scientists and many others.

Headshot of Tina Fey   Headshot of Booker T WashingtonHeadshot of Steve Jobs

If you need remote access to these databases, please contact the library to obtain an NC LIVE password.

Cool Resource: NC LIVE’s NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus is a great tool for readers and book clubs.  It is designed to help you find information on your favorite titles, authors, or series, including recommendations for your next great read.

image of a girl reading under a tree with the text "NoveList Plus"

NoveList Plus features:

Book discussion guides

Author Read-alikes

Award-winners lists

Happy browsing and reading with NoveList Plus! Remember to ask the library for a password if you would like to access this resource remotely via NC LIVE.