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Consumer Reports Online

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The Evanston Public Library now brings you Consumer Reports Online, in addition to thousands of ratings of consumer products, you can find expert reviews and buying advice; product comparisons and video clips, and even user reviews. New and used car ratings and recommendations are also here.  Information is updated frequently, and quick recommendations are provided on most products.  Search for information about specific products and brands, or browse through the site for valuable information on all kinds of consumer goods.  

 

Chicago Consumers' Checkbook

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Do you want information about Chicago-area service providers, without subscribing to Angie's List?  Use your Evanston Public Library card to access Chicago Consumers' Checkbook, and find ratings, comments and advice on services  from Accountants to Window Washers and everything in between.  You can even find ratings on physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other health care practitioners.  Do you want to rate a firm or leave your own comment?  You can do that, too.  Consumers’ CHECKBOOK/The Center for the Study of Services is an independent, nonprofit consumer organization founded in 1974 with the help of funding from the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs.  Their purpose is to provide consumers information to help them get high quality services and products at the best possible prices.

   

Morningstar Investment Research Center

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Everyone is familiar with Morningstar’s expertise in analyzing mutual funds.  But the Morningstar Investment Research Center provides much more than mutual fund information.  You can find analysis of stocks, ETFs, and the markets in general, including market indexes, market sectors, and specific industries.  You can also access all four of Morningstar’s most popular newsletters: Morningstar DividendInvestor; Morningstar FundInvestor; Morningstar StockInvestor; and Morningstar ETFInvestor.  Back issues are available for one year.

In addition to Morningstar’s powerful stock, mutual fund, and ETF screening tools, you can also use the Portfolio tools to learn about asset allocation and goal-based investing, or to assess the amount of risk in your current investment portfolio.

[Licensing considerations dictate a limited number of simultaneous users of this product.  If you cannot access Morningstar Investment Research Center immediately, please try again later. ]

   

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

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Encyclopedia Britannica online gives you three sites in one: Children; Young Adults; and the Reference Center for older students and adults. Choose the age-appropriate level that works best for you or your school age children, and conduct research, complete homework assignments, and work on special projects.  You can even store your research in your own personal "My Britannica" account. Use Britannica at home or in the library, and on any device—PC, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.  And to add colorful, sharp photos to your term paper or project, look no further than Britannica's Image Quest.  From the aardvark to the zebra, from the abacus to the zither, you'll find an image here.

 

You can also search the Spanish-language version of Encyclopedia Britannica by using Enciclopedia Moderna, or the product created just for students, Britannica Escolar.  

   

Going on vacation? Check out Mango Languages

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Are you traveling this summer?  Will you need to learn some key phrases in a new language?  Do you need to brush up in a language you've already studied?  Mango Languages can help.  Mango’s conversational approach teaches practical, relevant content focused on four key areas of language learning: vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and culture.  Choose from more than 50 languages and get started today. You can even download the Mango app to your iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device.

altMango also provides several full-length feature films to help you immerse yourself in a new language.  Use your Evanston Public Library card to access Mango from home, or on the go.  Call the Reference Desk for help, or for more information, at 847-448-8630.

   

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