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General Reference Center Gold (Infotrac) - A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Go Mobile with Access My Library. Audience: Middle School, High School, Higher Education, General Public.
MasterFILE Premier - specifically for public libraries, this database provides full text for nearly 2,050 general reference publications with full text as far back as 1975. Also includes more than 350 full text reference books, 82,968 biographies, 90,915 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. Check out the EbscoHost Mobile App.
Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides offers easy-to-use tools to help patrons navigate through nine important areas. Each easy-to-read, step-by-step guide is packed with accurate, unbiased information and recommendations you’ve come to expect from Weiss Ratings. Each 50-70 page guide offers a narrative about the subject, what you should look for when choosing a plan or policy, recommended companies to work with and so much more. Plus, each guide includes several helpful Worksheets & Planners to further aid your decision-making process. Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides offers easy explanations to hard-to-navigate financial decisions, removing the guesswork and confusion with straight talk and sound guidance.
AuctionZip - find live auctions
eBay- The biggest auction site on the web with over 700,000 items and 1100 categories
FirstGov: Government Asset Sales
Extreme Couponing 101
Living Rich with Coupons
Ultimate Frugal Resource Guide
Free Credit Reports - The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act allows consumers to get a copy of their credit report for free once a year from the big three national credit reporting firms: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. A credit report contains information on where a person lives, how the person pays bills, and whether the person has been bankrupt, arrested or sued. There are three ways to get them:
Your Access to Free Credit Reports
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Federal Trade Commission
FurnaceCompare.com - Ratings and reviews on air conditioners, boilers, furnaces and heat pumps
Internet Fraud Watch
Health and Safety Database of Household Products
Managing Your Credit include tips on how to legally improve your credit report, explains the system creditors use to help determine whether to grant you credit, how to dispute and correct inaccurate information in your credit report, help with identity theft, and more.
Recalls.gov - get recall info on vehicles, food, medicine, consumer products etc.
Consumer Credit Counseling - debt counseling services
Online Shopping - See our Books page for buying books online
Bargain Clothing - get great deals on clothes
BizRate Guide - an independent directory of rated shopping sites
Bottom Dollar - searches the web for the best deals
CostHowMuch.com - find out shipping and postage costs
The Dollar Stretcher - An online newsletter for living better for less!
mySimon - Comparison shopping for everything!
Priceline - lets you name your own price for new cars, airline tickets and hotel rooms
RoboShopper - find the best values on the web fast!
Yahoo Shopping! - Yahoo's shopping channel with everything you need