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AHFS Consumer Medication Information (EBSCO)
A trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish, AHFS includes more than one thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers.
Audience: High School & Above (Web)
Obtain a copy of your credit report from one or more the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
Audience: High School & Above

Auto Repair Reference Center (EBSCO)
Contains the complete automotive repair manuals that were originally published in the Chilton Total Car Care Series.
Audience: High School & Above

Consumer Reports (EBSCO)
Search full text content of Consumer Reports from 1991 - present.
Audience: Middle School & Above

Consumer Search (Web)
Contains analysis of and citations to product reviews. Recommends best picks on a wide variety of appliances and other products.
Audience: High School & Above (Web)
Contains price values for new and used cars, as well as, reviews, tips and advice.
Audience: High School & Above (Web)
Find and compare the gas mileage, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution ratings of different cars. This site also includes fuel economy guide, ratings, and tips as well as links to gasoline price data in cities across the US.
Audience: High School & Above

Hospital Compare (Web)
Compare hospitals based upon quality measures for treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgery. Produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and by the Hospital Quality Alliance.
Audience: High School & Above

Kelley Blue Book (Web)
Contains blue book values for new and used cars, motorcycles, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles, as well as, car reviews and ratings.
Audience: High School & Above

Morningstar Investment Research Center (Morningstar)
Contains stock and mutual fund analysis and reports.
Audience: High School & Above

NADA Price Guide (Web)
Contains price values for new and used cars, classic cars, motorcycles/ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, boats, and recreation vehicles.
Audience: High School & Above

PVA Property Search (Jefferson County) (Property Valuation Administrator)
Contains information about properties in Jefferson County, including information about the owners, the assessed value, the building characteristics, the sales history and more. It is only available for use at the library.
Audience: High School & Above (Web)
Find crash test and rollover ratings for vehicles, tire ratings and safety information, air bag and rollover safety information. File a safety complaint. Check for recalls and find information on ongoing investigations.
Audience: High School & Above

Small Engine Repair Reference Center (EBSCO)
These manuals contain thousands of accurate and concise step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines and their supporting components.
Audience: High School & Above

Weiss Financial Ratings (Weiss)
A single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering insurance, banks, mutual funds and stocks.
Audience: High School & Above

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