Monday, December 14, 2009

Shop Smart! Take advantage of Consumer Reports.

Between holiday shopping and shopping the post-holiday sales, this is a time of year when many people make major purchases. It's always a good idea to do some research on a product before you lay down money for it. Does it do everything you need it to? Are you just paying money for features you won't use? Will it last? Is it safe? Is it the best deal?

What you may not know is that the Library can help you answer these questions. We have a subscription to Consumer Reports, a leading publication on product reviews and consumer protection. To access it, simply click this link. You can also find it by going to the Library website, clicking the link for Full-text Journal Finder, and searching for "consumer reports." Then click the link to access it. You will need to log in with your College login and password.

Once you're in, simply search for the name of the product in quotes. You can search by the brand name or the kind of product. For example, "digital camera" is a valid search, and so is "Canon Powershot."

So if you're concerned about toy recalls, the safest car, the highest hi-def TV, or the best bang for your buck laptop, Consumer Reports is the place to go.
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