Consumer Resource Guide

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Search for product reviews in hundreds of magazines. The full text of Consumer Reports is included up to the current month. Click on “Advanced Search.” Under “Document Type” choose “Product Review” and then in the search box type the product you are looking for. If you only want Consumer Reports, type in “Consumer Reports” in the “Publication” search box.

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The official site for requesting your annual free credit reports from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Better Business Bureau
The BBB evaluates and reports on the reliability of businesses and charities, and offers other services for consumers and businesses.

Lists recent print and online reviews of products by category and provides a summary of the reviews

Federal Trade Commission: Bureau of Consumer Protection
Works to prevent unfair and illegal business practices, provides advice and information for consumers, and receives complaints about companies

Maryland Attorney General - Consumer Protection Division
Mediates consumer complaints about businesses and health insurers, provides information about business registration and complaint records, and offers tips to consumers.

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Online Resources: Business: Companies and Products