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Auto Repair Reference Center

The database contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for many vintage makes as far back as 1954. Information includes technical service bulletins, wiring diagrams, labor time guide and estimator, automobile specifications and maintenance schedules, and much more.

General OneFile

General OneFile is a comprehensive, general interest resource that provides periodical and news information from more than 7,000 full-text titles from more than 3,600 journals with a 25-year back file of articles.

MasterFILE Premier

Search a wide variety of journal articles, magazine articles, primary source documents, reference book entries and images. MasterFILE Premiere is available through Explora Public Libraries.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center New!

Small Engine Repair Reference Center (SERRC) is a full text database accessible via a custom EBSCO interface. It is intended for public library patrons, as well as public school teachers and students, seeking reference and instructional information about small engine machinery maintenance and repair. SERRC contains the full set of small engine repair manuals from Clymer (http://www.clymer.com/). These manuals contain thousands of accurate and concise step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines and their supporting components. Routine maintenance, such as tune-ups and brake service, as well as more extensive repairs involving engine transmission disassembly are covered. Engines types include: motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, tractors, snow blowers, generators, and more. Detailed and user-friendly content is provided in high-quality PDF files. Many documents contain photos and detailed illustrations to visually support step-by-step procedures.




Recommended Websites

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Provides information, resources, and links for renters, homebuyers, homeowners, lenders, real estate professionals, and on state specific programs for renting or buying property.

Fuel Economy-US Deptartment of Energy

The official U.S. government source for fuel economy information.

Consumer.gov: What to Know and Do

Consumer protection basics with quick and easy-to-use resources to learn how to manage your money, how credit and debt affect your life, and how to avoid scams and identify theft. From the Federal Trade Commission.

General Consumer Product Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children.

Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection works for the consumer to prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace.

Consumer Search

Offers an alternative to Consumer Reports and is rated highly by PC World Magazine.

OnGuardOnline - Your Safety Net

Provides practical tips from the federal government as well as the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving, and helps charitable givers make intelligent decisions by providing information on over thirty-four hundred charities and by evaluating the financial health of each of these charities.

Consumer Reports - Best Buy Drugs

Provides consumers with objective information on the effectiveness of prescription drugs, helps consumers with communicating with their doctors about drug costs, and helps consumers to better afford their prescription medications.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

“NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes.”

Edmunds.com

One of the best online automobile pricing and evaluation guides for new or used cars includes prices, reviews, car insurance info, and more.

NADA Pricing Guides

Includes prices for new, used and classic cars, boats, airplanes motorcycles, RVs, and manufactured housing.

BUC International Corporation

The authoritative source for both new and used boat prices, BucValu.com, a module on the website, is free, but the rest of the services require a subscription fee.