How To Access Product Reviews, Ratings, & Buyer’s Guides Before You Buy

Whether it’s a new television, a gaming system, an engagement ring, or even an automobile, if you’re making a big purchase this holiday season then you might want to check out expert product reviews, ratings, and buying guides before spending your hard-earned money.

The Library District can help!

We offer print and electronic access to trusted sources like Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping, and Motor Trend Magazine! Here are a few of the many titles we have available for checkout and download.



Consumer Reports (online and print)

Consumer Reports Buying Guide (print available at Library Reference Desk)

Good Housekeeping (print and eMagazine)


Electronics and Technology

CNET (print)

Complete Electric Bike Buyer’s Guide (print)

MacWorld (eMagazine)

PC Magazine (eMagazine)

Popular Science (print and eMagazine)

Wired (print and eMagazine)



Car and Driver (print and eMagazine)

Motor Trend (print)



Astronomy (print and eMagazine)

Cook’s Illustrated (print and eMagazine)

Diamonds: the Antoinette Matlins Buying Guide (4th edition, print)

Gemstone Buying Guide (3rd edition, print)

Ski Magazine (eMagazine)


To download and read eMagazines, grab the free RB Digital app (formerly Zinio) available in the App Store, Google Play, and Kindle Fire. Print magazines are available at specific library locations – check the online catalog for more information.

Happy shopping!