Consumer Information

These online resources are great place to look for consumer information, whether you are looking for product reviews or safety information.

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Free With Forbes Card Chilton Library

Automotive Repair Information for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) People. ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site.

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Free With Forbes Card Consumer Reports

ConsumerReports.org® enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on thousands of products and services, with ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice.

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Free Anywhere ConsumerSearch

ConsumerSearch provides information on a selection of products in a range of categories, based on expert and user reviews, giving a complete analysis of who the experts are and what they say, as well as important product trends and developments. Includes rankings, descriptions, and links to the top reviews and reviewers.

Free Anywhere Household Products Database

This database links over 5,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Provided by the National Library of Medicine.

Free Anywhere TOXNET: Toxicology & Environmental Information

SIS’s Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program produces TOXNET®, a collection of toxicology and environmental health databases that includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank, HSDB®, a database of potentially hazardous chemicals, TOXLINE® (containing references to the world’s toxicology literature), and ChemIDplus (a chemical dictionary and structure database). Haz- Map® links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms.

Provided by the National Library of Medicine.