How to use Credo

We have built Credo so that finding what you want is easy, but it doesn't hurt to share a few tips to make it even easier.

If available, all of our items are cataloged with the creator, date of creation, the location of creation, Library of Congress subject headings, and brief natural language abstracts. When using our basic search you will get results from all of these fields. If you wish to find something from only one of these fields, or from specific combinations of fields, we suggest using the advanced search.

Basic Search

Just like Google, the search box is a good place to start for general inquires. Searches done here will search all keywords, phrases, formats, fields, and collections. For example, if you type 'Marcus Garvey Pan African Congress', the search tool will search every collection in Credo and locate every item in which those words appear together. To narrow your search to an exact word or phrase you can use quotes.

Advanced Search

The advanced search is where to go for more specific inquiries. The advanced search will allow you to limit your search to specific fields such as name, date, place, title, or abstract and will allow you to combine searches with Boolean operators such as "and", "or" and "not'. If you know the item identification number, you can enter it here as well.

Please note that search terms limited to a particular field will not give you every instance of that term in Credo. For example, if you search for 'Du Bois Literary Prize' only in the subject field, your results will not return mentions of the prize that appear only in the Abstract. Usually if a name, topic, or place is listed in the subject field, it constitutes a significant portion of the intellectual content of the item, but if you want every mention of a word, it is best to do a keyword search.

Once you find what you want on the results page, you can click on the title to see the item view. The item view will give you all of the information about that item (aka the metadata) and the ability to examine the digitized item.

Collections in Credo

Each digital object that you view in Credo is part of a larger collection housed in SCUA, and the name of that collection is indicated in the object's description. Other digital objects in that collection are related to the item you are viewing in a variety of ways: either because of a shared subject, creator, or history of ownership. Once you have found an object of interest in Credo, you may wish to see other objects in the same collection. To do so, simply select the collection title found at the top of the item page and you will call up an entire list of every item in that collection. In the future we will be testing other ways to navigate the content of our large and varied collections within Credo.