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You need an MPLD card to access these databases.

Financial Ratings Series Online | Using a quick and easy search screen, you will have immediate access to financial strength ratings for more than 21,000 institutions, including banks, savings & loans, credit unions and insurers. Plus, get investment ratings for more than 6,000 stocks and 16,000 mutual funds. Requires MPLD card.

Consumer Reports Online | offers independent test results and ratings of thousands of products, including appliances, cars, baby & kid products, electronics, foods, health & family recreation & home improvement Information that empowers consumers to make the best purchasing decision. Requires MPLD card.

Tuition Funding Sources | The largest source of scholarships in the world.


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau |Congress established the CFPB to protect consumers by carrying out federal consumer financial laws. They write rules, supervise companies, and enforce federal consumer financial protection laws and enforce laws that outlaw discrimination and other unfair treatment in consumer finance.

Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft | find out what to do about identity theft.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration | information on driver and vehicle safety.

Recalls | To provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create -- a "one stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission | is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Find out about recalls and report an unsafe product.


Autotropolis | information about researching and purchasing cars, loans, insurance, buying advice, dealers, rebates, forums and more. Find car reviews, car prices, incentives and rebates.

Consumer Guide Automotive | buying guides and vehicle history reports on new and used vehicles.

Consumer Privacy

Consumer Privacy Guide | from the Center for Democracy & Technology. Top things you can do to protect your privacy.


Project Vote Smart | find information about political candidates at all levels. Citizen's organization dedicated to serving all Americans with accurate and unbiased information for electoral decision-making.

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Selected titles available at the McHenry Public Library
Scam-proof your life: 377 smart ways to protect you & your family from rip-offs, bogus deals and other consumer headaches, by Sid Kirchheimer.

Gotcha capitalism: how hidden fees rip you off every day – and what you can do about it, by Bob Sullivan.