These databases can be accessed from home or at the Library. You can find full text articles, most of which can then be saved to your computer or portable device, emailed, or printed for your convenience.

General Consumer Information

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ConsumerReports offers unbiased product and service ratings and recommendations from the latest issue of Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Health. Search the archive for the past four years of ratings, product- and car-reliability reports, comprehensive decision guides, access to consumer/user reviews, and much more.



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Consumer Health Complete
Consumer Health Complete provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, medical dictionaries, reports, popular reference books, fact sheets, and magazine articles. 



Additional Online Resources


Better Business Bureau: Find ratings of businesses or submit a complaint about a business.

FCC Consumer Help Center: The Federal Communications Commission takes complaints about unwanted calls; Internet, television, and radio issues; and more. They also provide consumer guides on privacy issues, telephone issues, Internet issues, and more.

FDA Consumer Information: Information about product recalls, medical devices, drugs, food, vaccines, cosmetics, and more from the Food & Drug Administration.

FTC Consumer Information: The Federal Trade Commission provides information on money and credit; homes and mortgages; health and fitness; privacy, identity and online security; and more.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Information on travelers' health, emergency preparedness, healthy living, workplace health, environmental health, and more are available. The CDC is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.  Information regarding drug and alcohol addiction, symptoms, rehab, and resources for getting help.

Greatist: Find recipes, fitness, body, and lifestyle information on this site.

Healthline: Find a doctor, identify a pill, check your symptoms, and find health information on this site.

Healthy for Good: This site aims to help people get into the habits of eating smart, exercising, and being well.

Kids Health: A group of sites for kids, teens, and parents which offers health information in plain language.

Mayo Clinic: Learn about conditions, tests and procedures, medications, research, and more. Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization.

Medline Plus: Find information about conditions, medications, treatments, and more. This site is run by the National Library of Medicine, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Merck Manuals: An independent source of medical information which has been publishing for more than 100 years.

Mindful: A non-profit organization and bi-monthly magazine focused on engaging people with mindfulness.

National Institutes of Health: Learn about health services, talking to your doctor, science education for kids, and more from the country's medical research agency.

This Emotional Life: Mental health information from the creators of the PBS series This Emotional Life.


Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court: Search court records, download court forms, and learn more about court services.

Cook County Law Library: Find information about conducting legal research, seeking legal assistance, and representing yourself in court.

Cornell Legal Information Institute: Read the entirety of the U.S. Code, the Constitution, and more.

Justia: Free legal information, newsletters, and listings of lawyers in many areas of practice.

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