Consumer Information Resource Guide
Selected Websites for
Print Consumer Resources
This guide is meant to suggest useful materials and websites for finding consumer information. That is,
reliable information to help evaluate and select common everyday products and meet everyday human
needs in a wise and safe manner.
This guide is NOT designed to provide you with consumer demographics or other information needed to
market products to the public. For that type of information, see our Marketing and Advertising and our
Demography and Population and Massachusetts and Boston Statistics Resource Guides.
This excellent, wide-ranging database is designed to provide news articles from major, regional,
and international newspapers, as well as wire services and trade magazines. Most articles are
available in full-text. "Quick News Search" is available from the opening screen, but you are
better off clicking on the tab for a "Guided News Search" for more targeted research. LN
Academic includes the text of Consumer Reports back to 1988 (with a one issue embargo), as
well as national news sources like the New York Times. Daily newspapers often do a good job of
consumer reporting--especially on stories that impact a particular region or consumers in a
particular community. For Boston area stories, you may wish to search for articles in the Boston
Globe, or the Boston Herald. To do so most easily, click on the "Sources" link near the top of the
opening page and search for the title you are interested in. According to what you're looking for,
you might also want to explore the Business or Legal Research areas by clicking on the
appropriate link in the left-hand column.
General Reference Center Gold
Although NOT a good database for most academic research--since it covers very few "scholarly"
journals--this is still a good database for those interested in consumer issues and news because it
covers so many general interest magazines.