Free Access to Consumer Reports (and More)

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.

12 Responses to “Free Access to Consumer Reports (and More)”

  1. Anonymous

    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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  5. Anonymous

    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.

  6. Anonymous

    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.


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