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Smart Shopping

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.  OneSearch search for coffee maker reviews.

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.).

Sweethome WebsiteOther great places for product research are The Wirecutter and The SweetHome websites, which list “the best gadgets and gear for people who quickly want to know what to get.”  The websites include reviews for hundreds of products and are worth checking whether you are buying a TV or a can opener. 

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.