Credo Reference: New Topic Pages

Doctors Without Borders

Two international aid workers of Spanish nationality have been kidnapped from a Kenyan refugee camp in Dadaab. Medecins san Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) has declared a state of emergency as they work with the proper authorities to find the kidnapped victims and bring them home safely.

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Coffee bean farming has taken a hit as global warming has caused slight shifts in temperature in South America. Although these shifts remain minimal, only a degree or two higher than normal, the increased temperatures disrupt the natural growth cycle; a worrying phenomena as much of this coffee is now undrinkable.


Credo Reference Topic Pages

Credo Reference Topic Pages are a new approach to presenting and organizing information resources. Topic pages provide context and vocabulary around a subject as well as linking to other library information on the topic. They are a great starting point for learning about the topic.

Credo Reference currently has over 9,000 topic pages. They cover a wide range of subject areas – from art to medicine and literature to science.

Take a look at these new topic pages:
 China – Mandarin Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo [central glorious people’s united country; i.e., people’s republic], officially People’s Republic of China,…

Energy Efficiency  – What is meant by the term efficiency? Calculate the efficiency of a train if 450 J of chemical energy in the fuel provides 95 J of…

Domestic Workers – Work performed in a household by someone who is not a member of the family. It was performed by slaves in many early civilizations, e.g., in…

Brain Teaser – Japan

Flags of Japan 30s

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Japan has been in the news for some weeks because of a disastrous earthquake and tsunami. This week’s brainteaser is about Japan and Japanese things. Need help? Use Credo Reference!

1. What is the capital of Japan?

2. In Japanese, which martial art literally means “empty hand”?

3. The Japanese flag shows a circle on a white background. What colour is the circle?

4. What is the highest mountain in Japan?

5. Which drink is often called Japanese rice wine?

6. On 6 August 1945, which Japanese city was the target of the first atomic bomb dropped in warfare?

7. Akira Kurosawa’s film “Seven Samurai” was remade as a western in 1960 with what title?

8. Japan fought a war with which country from February 1904 to September 1905?

9. Which Japanese-born writer won the Booker Prize for his 1989 book “The Remains of the Day”?

10. What kind of theatre is the Japanese “bunraku”?

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 (

Please Vote Now for Las Vegas-Clark County Library!

Build a Bridge to Your Library Contest Finalists Announced!

A virtual bridge, that is, connecting our library to you using the Library’s online resource Credo Reference Topic Pages. The idea is simple – build a single web page using Credo Topic Pages to point to authoritative sources, images and more.

We are a finalist in the Credo Reference Topic Page contest. – Voting is open through April 5, 2011.

Topic Page – Amelia Earhart

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For Amelia Earhart, aviation and flying started out as hobbies, something she enjoyed doing as she pursued a career in social work after working as a nurse. Her enthusiasm grew and after becoming the first woman passenger to complete a transatlantic flight, Earhart began flying by herself. Throughout her career, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a solo pilot. Additionally, she was the first ever pilot to fly by themselves from Hawaii to California. Unfortunately, during an attempt to fly around the world, Earhart’s plane vanished before reaching its next destination. Her sudden disappearance is a mystery which has still not been resolved. To learn the details behind how she started flying and her various exploits, visit the Amelia Earhart Topic Page in Credo Reference.