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Consumer Education: Getting Started

Welcome

This guide contains resources designed to aid CONSUMER EDUCATION.

We've gathered product reviews, tips for protecting yourself if you shop online, and information about your rights.  Take a look at some of the articles we've gathered, too.  You might be surprised at how you are tracked online. 

Many of the links lead to websites independent of YCCC.  We are not responsible for the content there.

As always, if your research is taking too long or you have questions use the Ask Us button on the right hand side of the page to contact your Librarians for further assistance.

Evaluating Web Sites

Asking these questions will help you to determine whether the resources you find are credible and reliable.

  1. Who created the page? Does the person or organization have the appropriate credentials?

  2. Why was this site created? What is the purpose of the site?  For example, is it sponsored by a company that has a financial interest in the topic?

  3. When was the page created and/or last updated? How current is the information?

  4. Does the author cite trustworthy sources? How does the author support their argument?

Learn more about evaluating websites from Cornell University; or print out our handy tipsheet.

Consumer Information Websites

Why You Get the Search Results You Get

Hidden in the Fine Print

MousePrint.org turns advertising on its head by focusing on an ad’s asterisked fine print footnote rather than the headline. It also examines the often overlooked small print on product labels and contracts.

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News from the Consumerist

from the folks who bring you Consumer Reports

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