Are you in the market for a new washing machine or maybe even a new car? Not sure which model will be the better buy? The library offers a powerful consumer research tool by providing you access to the Consumer Reports website. ConsumerReports.org provides members with access to expert, unbiased ratings of over 5,000 products. The website also provides product reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, and reviews from other users like you. ConsumerReports.org reviews include cars, household appliances, electronics, home and garden products, and products for your kids and babies.
Do you want to keep up on the latest consumer product news such as recalls and safety tips? ConsumerReports.org has the most current relevant news always displayed on its homepage. You can also sign up for the free email newsletter. Consumer Reports operates the world’s largest product testing and research lab. On the website you can read or watch videos of how they conduct their many different tests. ConsumerReports.org also includes a home remodeling and improvement guide that offers expert advice on keeping your project on schedule and on budget. Read more »
Did you know that the library has a powerful database available to its members? ReferenceUSA is a leading provider of business and consumer research. The site was initially designed as a powerful research tool for small businesses, students, and job seekers. The database has information on over 20 million businesses as well as 222 million consumers. You can use ReferenceUSA to look up the phone numbers and addresses of any of these businesses or people in the database.
Do you own or are planning on opening a small business here in Bloomington? You can use ReferenceUSA to scope out the competition. This database will allow you to select a location and conduct a radius search of similar businesses in an area defined by you. You can look up how long the competition has been in business as well as how good their credit rating is. Read more »