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Friday, February 6, 2015

I'm looking for a Consumer Reports article on car batteries.

Before making a significant purchase, many people like to check Consumer Reports to make sure they’re selecting the best possible product for their needs. To meet this demand, the Newton Falls Public Library has a subscription to Consumer Reports and keeps a few years of back issues. We also carry two years of the Consumer Reports Buying Guide. All but the most recent issue of the magazine are always available for borrowing.

Looking in the most recent edition of the Buying Guide, our patron found that Consumer Reports had done a write-up of car batteries in its November 2013 issue. We looked through our back issues, but that particular issue had been checked out. Fortunately, there was still a way to access it.

CLEVNET provides an online database containing the full text of every Consumer Reports article back through 1991. It’s available on all our library computers, and patrons with a CLEVNET library card need only their card number and PIN number to access the database from anywhere. (Anyone who has forgotten their PIN or doesn’t remember choosing one when they registered for their card is welcome to call or visit the library to have it reset.)

The online Consumer Reports database allows users to search by keyword or to select a specific issue by month and year. By pulling up the November 2013 issue, we were able to find the car battery article that our patron needed.

EDIT 5/15: CLEVNET now has a subscription to, making it even easier to find and compare product reviews and ratings.

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