Consumer Research With Your Library Card

by Marina M.

My car is creeping up on 15 years old. And the air conditioner just died. For the second time. (The last time it happened was during a drive back from Wenatchee with two newly adopted kittens in my car. It was the summer and temperatures were hitting 100 degrees. Definitely bad timing.)

It’s times like these that I fall to my research background to help make my best decision. When you’re spending a lot of money, you want to know you’re getting the best bang for your buck. Especially in a time like this where it might not be possible to get the full test experience you’re used to.

The current situation is less than ideal for any sort of purchase of that caliber. But knowing myself, I will research the heck out of this for the next six months before pulling the trigger. Unless it becomes a more dire need. But, that doesn’t mean that I can’t keep myself informed on my consumer options. And access to the entire Consumer Reports website is available with my library card!

On our newly revamped website you can find the link for Consumer Reports under the Your Online Library heading and Learning Resources tab.

Besides the standard ratings we’ve all come to rely upon from Consumer Reports there is an extensive list of articles to access. Including this very recent one convincing us it’s a good time to be a car buyer.

Putting on the Brakes

If you’re not in the market for a new car (or any of their expansively researched list of products), there’s more that Consumer Reports can inform you on. The latest Covid-19 safety news, for one.

Or maybe you want to browse through past issues of Consumer Reports? You can do that on the CR website. If you scroll to the very bottom of their home page you will see a link for Current Issue and Magazine Archive. The latter has a drop-down menu that lets you browse all the back to issues from 2012, if you’re so inclined.

Do or Do Not.

Or, if I felt at all confident in my car repair abilities I could seek out the repair process. With my Sno-Isle card I could use either AllData (currently available to access on your device from home) or Auto Repair Source. Alas, that is not at all the case.



2 responses to “Consumer Research With Your Library Card”

  1. Gloria says:

    Hello, thank you for posting this. I am a big researcher before buying anything,too. But I got frustrated trying to access Consumer Reports through your online services. I had to give up and go to a branch. Now I am encouraged to try the online option again. Best regards, gloria

    • Marina M. says:

      Gloria, I’m so glad that my post helped you find your way back to Consumer Reports! That’s so nice to hear. Good luck and happy researching!

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