Find It: Consumer Information

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Consumer Reports

Search  buying guides and articles from hundreds of magazines &  publications. When searching from home, you will need to enter your library barcode number, found on the back of your library card in order to see your search results.

Books and Magazines

  • Boston Consumer's Checkbook* (issues from 2013-present)
  • Consumer Reports
  • Consumer Reports Buying Guides* (issues from 2012-present)
  • Consumer Reports Health Letter*
  • Consumer Reports Shopsmart (issues from 2010-2015)
  • NADA Official Used Car Guide* (issues from 2012-present)
  • NADA Official Older Used Car Guide* (issues from 2015-present)

Resources marked with an asterisk (*) are non-circulating and can be found on the top floor of the Main Library. Circulating issues of all other resources can be found in the Richardson building.


General Information

  • Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
    The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation protects and empowers consumers through advocacy and education, and ensures a fair playing field for the Massachusetts businesses its agencies regulate.
  • Better Business Bureau
    The Better Business Bureau (BBB), founded in 1912, is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing marketplace trust, consisting of 106 independently incorporated local BBB organizations in the United States and Canada.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
    CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency formed in 1972 with a mission to protect the public against unreasonable risks of injury or death from consumer products through education, safety standards activities, regulation, and enforcement.
  • Consumer Safety Alerts, Recalls, Guides, and News strives to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products accessible to everyone in a transparent, easily understandable way.
  • Bureau of Consumer Protection
    The Federal Trade Commission works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them.
  • FTC Scam Alerts
    The latest scam alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
    The government's site that helps consumers report and recover from identity theft

Reviews & Recalls

  • Consumer Reports
    Ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
  • Consumer Search
    Reviews of products organized by category such as Electronics, House & Home, Family or Office.
  • Wirecutter
    A New York Times company, the Wirecutter has reviews of a variety of household and electronic gadgets.
    A "one stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls.



  • Charity Navigator
    Provides an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess the financial health of over 5,000 of America's best-known charities.


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