Smart shopping involves saving time and money by selecting the best product. You don’t want something that will fall apart within the year, and that requires product research.
The library collection includes publications with product reviews, such as Consumer Reports, Wired, and others.
To find product reviews in the library, go to the search box on the library homepage and search for your product or product type, i.e. “coffee makers” (see search tips tutorial).
Once in OneSearch, limit the publication date to the last few years. You can narrow the search results further by adding the keyword “reviews” to the search box or specifying “Reviews” as the Source Type (limits to product reviews, book reviews, film reviews, etc.).
Another great place for product research is Wirecutter, which is now owned by the New York Times. “Wirecutter is a list of the best gear and gadgets for people who want to save the time and stress of figuring out what to buy. Whatever sort of thing you need—tableware or TV or air purifier—we make shopping for it easy by telling you the best one to get…our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.”
So before you hit the holiday sales, make sure you are getting the best value for your money with product reviews.
And when in doubt, homemade gifts or a gift-free Christmas create memories that last a lifetime.