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Information for Consumers

These online information resources can help you find the reliable answers you need. All you need is a library card to access most of them from home because they’re made available by your public library, the South Central Library System, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) through the BadgerLink project, and LSTA funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. As an added bonus you also can turn to a librarian for additional help at your public library.

What are you looking for?

Q -- “What is a good source for product reviews, ratings, and prices on digital cameras?”

A -- Search hundreds of consumer-related articles in magazines and newspapers with EBSCOHost. You may be able to limit by “Product Review."

Q -- “I’m in the market for a new vehicle, and I want to explore the option of a hybrid. Where should I start?”

A -- Read up on hybrids with magazine and newspaper articles from EBSCOHost. eBooks on EBSCOhost has online books on many topics for more in-depth reading.

Q -- “I’m buying a new washing machine and want to know more about these front-loading types, and see which one has the best repair record. All your Consumer Reports magazines are checked out. Where else can I look?”

A -- Access Consumer Reports online through EBSCOHost. Print the same articles you’d see in the print copy, complete with rankings and graphs.

Q -- “We’re remodeling our kitchen, and we want to learn more about “green building” materials, construction options, and cost comparisons to traditional construction methods.”

A -- Locate “green” companies through ReferenceUSA (available through subscribing libraries). EBSCOHost also may have articles on the topics. eBooks on EBSCOhost has online books on many topics for more in-depth reading.

Consumer Resources

  • Magazine articles are available through EBSCOHost (learn more), including the full content of Consumer Reports. Access to EBSCOhost is provided as part of the BadgerLink project.
  • A searchable collection of more than 6,000 books is available through eBooks on EBSCOhost.
  • Directory information for about 12 million U.S. businesses of all sizes is available through ReferenceUSA Business (available through subscribing libraries).
  • Regional and national newspapers are available through Newspaper Source Plus. Access to Newspaper Source Plus is provided as part of the BadgerLink project.
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