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Credo Reference contains over 600 reference eBooks which are available 24/7 365 days a year. For each search it not only searches the reference eBooks but also provides content from the Library Catalog, CQ Researcher, Gale Virtual Reference Library, World Book Online and credo holiday searchGale’s General OneFile. It also contains cool tools like the Holiday tool.

Enter a holiday like Halloween and find out how other countries celebrate the holiday.

Remembering Pearl Harbor


The USS West Virginia burns in Pearl Harbor.  From Credo Reference

The USS West Virginia burns in Pearl Harbor. From Credo Reference

Please take a moment to pause, remember, and reflect on the Japanese aerial attack of Pearl Harbor, which brought the USA into World War II 70 years ago today. The attack took place on December 7, 1941 on the US naval base named Pearl Harbor, located on Oahu island, Hawaii, USA. It was carried out by a large Japanese naval force, under Vice Admiral Nagumo, and took place while Japanese envoys were taking part in “peace talks” in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 members of the US armed forces were killed, and a large part of the US Pacific fleet was destroyed or damaged.

Events will be held throughout the country today to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack. Survivors from the attack are also expected to join military leaders and civilians at a ceremony in Pearl Harbor today.

Please commemorate all those that lost their lives at Pearl Harbor and remember “[the] day that will live in infamy!”

For more information on Pearl Harbor, head to the Pearl Harbor Credo Topic Page.

Brain Teaser – Thankgiving Day


Are you getting ready to sit down to dinner with Turkey, cranberry sauce and all those other goodies? Here’s some trivia you can test your guests with at the dinner table! Let’s see if they know the history behind Turkey day! Need help? See Credo Reference.

1. Which month was the 1st Thanksgiving mostly likely held in?

2. What was the name of the Native American tribe who out numbered the colonist and they had a feast with?

3. How many days was the first Thanksgiving celebration?

4. After the American Revolution War the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789, was proclaimed by President George Washington. What date was it held on?

5. Which president proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be held on the last Thursday of November?

6. In 1939, 1940, and 194, this president tried to change Thanksgiving Day to the next to the last Thursday in November, who was it?

7. Why do we eat Turkey on Thanksgiving day?

8. What was the name of the colony in 1621, who held the 1st Thanksgiving?

9. In the poem: Over the river and through the wood,
 To _____________ house we go. – whose house do we go according to the original poem?

10. Who campaigned for 30 years to establish Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Brain Teaser – For these animals what are they called?


We recently had a brainteaser about animal offspring. Now here’s a quiz about the names given to male and female animals. Can you state the normal names given to the male and female animals here? Need help? Try Credo Reference.

1. What is the usual name for a female dog?

2. What is the usual word for a male duck?

3. What is the common word for a female fox?

4. What is the word for a female tiger?

5. What is the name for a male rabbit or reindeer?

6. What is the word for a female antelope?

7. A gander is the male of which animal?

8. What is the usual word for a female donkey?

9. What is the usual word for a male swan?

10. A hob is the male of which animal?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Brain Teaser – Nine & Ten


All the questions in this week’s brainteaser are about the numbers nine and ten. Need help? Use Credo Reference.

1. According to the proverb, which animal has nine lives?

2. What is the meaning of the phrase “the whole nine yards”?

3. Who starred in the 1979 film “10″ as a sexually obsessed middle-aged composer who marks his girls 1 to 10?

4. What is or was a “cat-o’-nine-tails”?

5. According to the Old Testament, which Hebrew leader was given the Ten Commandments engraved on two tablets of stone?

6. Who appeared in the 1980 film “Nine to Five” and composed the song of the same name which won a Grammy award in 1981?

7. In Roman numerals, what letter represents the number ten?

8. Who was the “nine days’ queen” (1537-1554)?

9. Who wrote the poem “The Old Vicarage, Grantchester” which includes the lines: “Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?”

10. The 1919 book “Ten Days that Shook the World” by US journalist John Reed was about which historical event?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Credo Reference contains these dictionaries of quotations, where you will find many of the answers.