Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Consumer Reports -- Access it for Free!

While you can always visit your local library to look at the latest issues of Consumer Reports, did you know you can access the full-text of Consumer Reports from your computer? It's free and all you need is your library card number.
  1. Go to the library's Web site (library.fauquiercounty.gov)
  2. Click on Search for Articles & More from the left-hand menu
  3. Consumer Reports can be found in the following Find It Virginia-sponsored databases from Gale - InfoTrac OneFile, General Reference Center Gold, Business & Company Resource Center and InfoTrac Student Edition, among others
  4. When you've selected the database you want, you'll need to enter your library system and library card number to begin your search

The Gale databases allow you to search by publication title, so if you wanted to get reviews on laptop computers, for instance, you could search keyword "laptops" and enter "consumer reports" in the publication field.