We here at the Library are always looking for shiny new items, services, and technology for you, our beloved patrons. And this week, we are delighted to tell you about just one of those terrific resources: Consumer Reports!
Consumer Reports has been published since 1936 by Consumers Union, a nonprofit organization dedicated to unbiased product testing, consumer-oriented research, public education, and advocacy. They deal in reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based in part on reporting, but mostly on results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research center. The magazine accepts no advertising, pays for all the products it tests, and, as a nonprofit organization has no shareholders. So, essentially, you can count on what they say. Take it from me. I bought the washing machine they told me to. I love it.
So if you, too, are looking for some product advice, here’s a quick guide to accessing Consumer Reports via the Library website.
Start at the Library’s homepage. Click on the “eLibrary” tab, then “Articles/Databases” Note: Click on any of these pictures to enlarge them for easier viewing:
From there, navigate down the list to Consumer Reports:
When you click on Consumer Reports, you will be redirected to a page where you will enter your Library Card number Note 1: This page will not appear if you are using a Peabody Library Computer. Note 2: This service is only for Peabody residents with Peabody Library Cards. Sorry about that one!
From there, click on “ConsumerReports.org”:
This will launch the Consumer Reports website. From here, you can utilize all the resources that Consumer Reports has to offer, including a product-specific search option, articles on home improvement and DIY projects, news, and product comparisons that can help you with purchases from digital cameras to dryers, from laptops to blenders. Click on the three little lines in the upper left-hand corner of the Consumer Reports home page to see all the super features they offer!
We truly hope this feature proves helpful to you, beloved patrons. Feel free to give us a call, or stop in and chat with one of us at the Information Desk to see how Consumer Reports can help you, and about all the other terrific resources on offer!