Databases | Business Sites | Consumer & Automotive | Consumer Protection | Product Evaluations




Access Business News contains over 600 business sources from a local, national, and international perspective. Set up an alert to be notified of new articles on a particular topic.


Business Insights: Essentials contains company profiles, brand and industry information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and articles.

Chicago Consumers' Checkbook contains consumer ratings on businesses and services for the Chicago Metro area. Search for plumbers, roofers, doctors, dentists, and more. Now available from home! Note: registration is required.

Consumer Reports contains expert product reviews and ratings of cars, appliances, electronics, and more.

Demographics Now contains census data plus demographics info to analyze population and marketing trends. Find data by town or create a custom region. 

Financial Ratings Series is a premier resource which provides independent ratings of life and annuity insurers, property and casualty insurers, plus health insurers. It also rates banks and credit unions, plus stocks and mutual funds. From Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings. logo is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Course topics include Microsoft Office products, Adobe Photoshop, 3D printing, web design, social media marketing, and much more.

Public Records is a database of new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.

ReferenceUSA is a telephone directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Also explore consumer and lifestyle data. Great for creating marketing lists or searching for a new job.


S&P NetAdvantage is a comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering online access to popular Standard & Poor’s research products such as Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, Company Profiles, The Outlook, Mutual Fund Reports, and more.

Small Business Resource Center is a place to learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and websites.


Business Sites

Dexpages Phone Books
White and yellow pages of the actual print directories, which are also searchable.
Export assistance for U.S. businesses.
Find federal grants to assist your business.

Illinois Secretary of State | Services for Business
Search for downloadable Illinois small business forms and do a preliminary search on corporate name availability.

Illinois Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage
Provides assistance to individuals starting a business and to existing businesses.

Advice and resources for small businesses owners and those interested in starting one. Arrange a free mentoring session at the library with local SCORE business advisors. Visit SCORE's national site for more resources.

Small Business Administration Illinois Office 
Business guidance from the SBA's Illinois office.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
Search for manufacturers and distributors of U.S. products.


Automotive Sites

Buy or sell a car online. Includes new and used car prices, automobile reviews, new car research, buying advice, car dealers, auto loans, car rankings and more.

Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guide
Become an informed buyer of a new or used car here.

Search for new or used cars.

Kelly Blue Book
New and used car values plus motorcycle prices and new car previews.

NADA Used Vehicle Values and Appraisal Guides
Provides price information for new cars, used car prices back to 1987, RV prices back to 1989, and classic cars back to 1926.
Shop for automotive parts online.


Consumer Protection Sites
This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Better Business Bureau
Lists business, consumer, and charity alerts. You may also file a complaint online.
Sponsored by the U.S. Citizens for Fair Credit Card Terms, this site offers consumer ratings of credit cards.

Evaluates over 5,000 charities as an aid for consumers in their charitable giving. 

Citizens Utility Board (CUB)
Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created by the Illinois General Assembly to fight utility rate hikes and promote tougher consumer protection laws.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: FAQs
Get the answers to your financial questions on topics ranging from mortgages and student loans to bank accounts and credit scores.

Federal Trade Commission - Consumer Protection
Consumer protection information on credit and loans, identity theft, telemarketing and the Do Not Call registry. File a complaint.

Connect to a live customer service agent faster with these direct phone numbers and shortcuts for thousands of companies worldwide.

Illinois Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division
Offers assistance with consumer fraud and unfair business practices. Provides a downloadable complaint form as well as consumer protection information and alerts.

Illinois Commerce Commission
Resolves consumer complaints with utilities and other entities. Also licenses household movers.

Internet Crime Complaint Center
If you've been a victim of an Internet crime, report your complaint online and learn more about cybercrime activities. - Consumer Protection
Your everyday guide to prevent identity theft, understand credit, and smart shopping. Get information on filing a complaint regarding banks, credit card companies, student loans, and more.


Product Evaluation Sites

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings
Includes top-rated energy-efficient appliances.

Consumer Search
Provides evaluations from many different sources of a variety of products.

Opinions from consumers on products and services.