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Consumer Information

Most of these databases and web sites are available to all users in the library and at home. However, some are subject to restrictions:

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Need more help? Click here to access our Research Guide to finding consumer information in the Library and online. Or, call Adult Reference at 456-2400 x7.

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Car reviews, repair and maintenance advice from the Tappet brothers of NPR’s radio show, CarTalk.

Consumer Action

Buying tips, fraud alerts, and other information on a wide variety of goods and services from the Federal Citizen Information Center.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Consumer goods recall and product safety news.

Consumer Reports gives you full and free access to product information from the world’s largest independent testing organization. From cameras to cars, laptops to lawn mowers, should be your first stop before you make an important purchase.

Consumer Search

Collections of product reviews from a variety of sources.

Culinary Arts Collection

The Culinary Arts Collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Do It Yourself

Home improvement how-to’s from the D.I.Y. network.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is the single source for eReference that meets the needs of students, researchers, professionals, and general readers. It offers more than 7,000 authoritative, full-text titles—from Gale and a host of premier publishing partners—within 18 subject areas researchers study most.

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection

Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

Home Improvement Collection

Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting: with this collection of nearly 100 home improvement focused titles, hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will immediately put their projects on a more solid foundation. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.


How-to articles and videos from the PBS series.


Help and advice on buying a new or used car.

Kelley Blue Book

Determine the value of a new or used car.

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

Online registration renewal, custom plate orders, driver’s manual and other DMV forms and information.

Popular Magazines

Popular Magazines includes 1,000 of the most searched magazines across our InfoTrac products. All the titles were selected based on actual publication searches performed by library patrons. This database is 100% full text and includes over 600 titles recommended by Bowker’s “Magazines for Libraries”. Titles such as Consumer Reports, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, US News and World Report, Vogue, Fortune, Business Week, National Review, Cosmopolitan, NPR and even Oprah are included in this database.

Recalls, safety ratings, and safe driving information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This Old House

Planning ideas, product information, and repair advice.