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Consumer ReportsConsumer Reports

ConsumerReports.org provides ratings, reviews, recommendations, and buying advice for cars, appliances, home and garden, electronics, food, and more. A nonprofit organization, they are dedicated to unbiased product testing and consumer-oriented research. They accept no advertising, pay for all the products they test, and have no shareholders.

First SearchFirst Search

Search 11 databases for references to articles, books, reports, and more. No full text.

GreenFILE

greenfileA database dedicated to issues surrounding humans' impact on the environment. It provides scholarly, government, and general-interest sources covering the environmental effects of individuals, corporations, and governments and what can be done at each level to minimize negative impacts.

Home Improvement Reference Center

home-improvement reference centerProvides detailed, user-friendly how-to information, covering all manner of home improvement and repair projects. Includes videos and full-text content from leading home improvement magazines.

MasterFILE Complete

MasterFileThousands of full-text magazines, journals, reference works, and more than one million images. Covers many general-interest subject areas with an extensive collection of photos, maps, and flags. Includes Consumer Reports Buying Guide.

Medigap Buyers Guide

MedigapLearn what Medicare does and does not cover, choose a Medigap plan, and get each plan's premium rates. Learn the best and worst rated insurers of those plans. All customized for each individual.

National Geographic Magazine

National GeographicThis collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazines - every page of every issue - along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.

World Book Online

World BookThis online reference source contains every article from the 22 volume encyclopedia set plus thousands more. You have access to state-of-the-art multimedia, dictionary, maps, homework help, study aids, editor-reviewed websites, curriculum guides, and more.