Consumer Research

There are many Web resources to help you find reviews of products and companies.  Some are part of exclusive Library resources, others are free. Consumer Reports is part of MasterFILE Premier.  You can access it through a search for Consumer Reports in the Publications section of the resource, or you can use the link to search Consumer Reports directly:

  • Angie’s List  Members can review and rate local services and healthcare providers in hundreds of categories. There are three membership levels including one for free (more information here).
  • Cnet Reviews for tech products news, price comparisons, free software downloads, daily videos, and podcasts.
  • ConsumerSearch.com This site reviews many products, cell phone and long distance phone service, online banking, insurance, and websites.
  • Yelp Largest and most popular website for reviews by consumers. This is the site to visit for reviews of restaurants, bars, stores and nightlife.

Credit Score

Where to Find Free Access to a Credit Score (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)

Credit Reports and Scores General Information (CFPB)

To Research Car Values

Review of Banks and Credit Unions

Reviews of Brokers & Financial Advisers

Reviews of Charities

  • Charity Navigator
  • Guidestar
  • Charity Watch: Charity Rating Guide & Watchdog Report (available in print with the Financial Newsletters)

For the “Best” Doctors

Reviews of General Doctors

Reviews of General Hospitals

Reviews of Specialty Hospitals

Reviews of Insurance Companies

Reviews of Lawyers

For Reviews of Nursing Homes

Reviews of K-12 Schools

Reviews of colleges