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Library Resources for CSM Employees: Self Improvement

Thousands of Academic eBooks!

Academic e-Books

Search thousands of eBooks in CSM's Academic eBook database. There is a wide variety of topics - from psychology to knitting!

Academic eBooks are available 24/7!

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Credo Reference

The trustworthy alternative to Wikipedia.

Credo Reference provides access to 3,457,271 full text articles in 832 reference books from 109 publishers. Credo believes that everyone deserves the ability to learn and the opportunity to succeed. Credo promotes knowledge building, problem solving and critical thinking to give people the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional and personal lives. 

From the Credo website:

We currently find ourselves in an era of unprecedented access to Information, however successfully navigating this ocean of data requires a strong foundation of information literacy skills. Unfortunately, the information skills of the average individual are often lacking. For example, 56% of high school graduates don’t know how to do research.1 At the same time, 61% of college students use Wikipedia for research even though just 24% of them believe that it is a trustworthy source.2 This extends beyond the classroom77% of employees feel that finding and using information is an essential part of their everyday work.3 Most surprising of all: nearly a third of all U.S. citizens do not know how to use the Internet! 4

1 Achieve, Inc. (2005). Rising to the challenge: Are high school graduates prepared for college and work? Retrieved from
2 McKiel, A.W. (2012). 2011 Global student e-book survey. Retrieved from

3 Travis, T. (2011) From the classroom to the boardroom: The impact of information literacy instruction on workplace research skills. Education Libraries, 34. Retrieved from

4 United States Department of Commerce. (2011). Fact sheet: Digital literacy. Retrieved from

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Your Maryland Public Library has a great online learning resource not available at CSM:  is a well-known online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative and business skills (including Microsoft Office, Adobe, etc.). Access is now free with your valid active public library card (Calvert, St. Mary’s, Charles counties). Card number and PIN are required to log in For more information or assistance, contact your local public library.