I suppose we all like to get educated opinions before we make expensive or one of a kind purchases.
My go-to resource is Consumer Reports because there is lots of research and no advertising to sway the results.
Once upon a time the only way to get recommendations from Consumer Reports was to subscribe to the magazine or go to the local public library and look at the back issues.
Now they have an on-line subscription that is easily accessed and searched but costs $30 per year (or $6.95 per month).
In our area (Maryland) the public library system has a subscription to the on-line service which can be accessed by patrons at the library for free. Now here’s the best part: If you have a library card the library offers a whole list of electronic databases that can be accessed for FREE from home (or any computer) by entering the barcode number from your library card.
First go to the library’s website and
- click on How do I . .
- Click on “use electronic resources”
- Click on “List of Databases”
- Then use the subject or alphabetical list to find the appropriate database.
- You’ll be asked to enter your barcode before access is granted.
And that’s how easy it is to look up the recommendations from Consumer Reports. Other data bases include genealogy, business, homework assistance, health, medicine, newspapers, magazines, etc.
Have you checked out your public library for free resources?
Sidebar: These exact steps may not access the available information at your public library but I’ll bet there’s lots of information available. I checked on another nearby public library and the steps were similar. Need information? Check on it.