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Free Access to Consumer Reports (and More)

Written by Nickel - 12 Comments

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I never make a major purchase decision without doing a bit of background research. Thus, I was pleased to learn awhile back that I could get free online access to (as well as a large number of other publications) through my local library’s web site. As it turns out, many other public libraries do the same thing. In my case, I simply go to the library website, select “Online Resources,” login with my name and library card number, and then click to select the EBSCO MasterFILE (there are a number of other online reference databases available, as well). The only limitation is a 90-day embargo on content — in other words, the three most recent issues are unavailable. While it may take a bit of poking around to figure out how to do this in your area, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Published on July 18th, 2005 - 12 Comments
Filed under: Frugality,Online

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  1. Great tip! I’m a huge library user, but I didn’t know I could access so much stuff on-line. In the course of looking for this I also found that my library (in Seattle) has access to the O’Reilly Safari website which offers full-text versions of most of their tech books.


    Comment by Anonymous — Jul 18th 2005 @ 1:29 pm
  2. My library also provides access to a “Library Edition” of Morningstar, which provides all of the screeners, reports and the Portfolio X-Ray, but no other content. Still, it’s a wonderful resource to be able to access for free.

    Comment by Anonymous — Jul 18th 2005 @ 6:37 pm
  3. GREAT POST!!!! You just saved me $35 per year!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — Jul 19th 2005 @ 7:50 am
  4. I noticed that I have access to it as well- thanks for the heads up

    Comment by Anonymous — Jul 23rd 2005 @ 4:28 pm
  5. Hi,

    Thanks for letting us know.

    My blog readers will thank you.

    Johncy Edward

    Comment by Anonymous — Jul 25th 2005 @ 10:24 am
  6. Good idea. Thanks for the tip.

    Comment by Anonymous — Jul 25th 2005 @ 4:36 pm
  7. Thanks for the reminder! Now, why didn’t I remember that? Glad you’re here.

    Comment by Anonymous — Jun 7th 2010 @ 10:04 pm
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    Comment by Anonymous — Oct 28th 2010 @ 1:45 pm
  9. Great resource and savings!! I was able to pull up the current Consumer Report 2011. You do have to poke around a little but it works, Thank you

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  12. iam a customer of consumer reports.i recieved a flyer on how to get consumer reportrs on line but your instrutions i followed will not give me access to sign up for this. you donot show a phone number for whatever reason to get help, please let me know how to get this. ihave a start up code but where and how do i enter it.

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