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Online Databases


EBSCOhost includes thousands of indexed magazines, many full-text, for over fifteen years. Magazine coverage ranges from the popular to the academic.  Also includes electronic content on auto repair, medical information and much more.

This resource is available remotely to all cardholders of any South Central Library System member library and in-library at all member libraries.

Reference USA

Powerful business and consumer research database, offering business and residential listings useful in searching for people, executives, creating marketing plans, conducting competitive analysis, fundraising and sales.

This resource is available remotely to cardholders with a subscribing library as their home library and in-library at all subscribing libraries.

Online Resources

Madison Public Library provides immediate online access to print issues of the well-respected Consumer Reports Magazine as well as special online-only content.

public service, non-commercial guide with over 2000 of the most useful consumer resources.

Formerly the Consumer Information Center, request free or low cost publications produced by federal agencies including the Consumer Information Catalog.

Though this site covers fewer charities than some other sites, the reports are detailed and provide financial information, history, and other information on charities and their work. Run by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Information on the programs and finances of more than 850,000 charities and nonprofits.

What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Find out what's in these products and what are the potential health effects, and other safety and handling information.

Information about what identity theft is and how to prevent it, from the Identity Theft Resource Center in San Diego, CA.

"Compare term life insurance quotes online from top companies. Also get car insurance quotes, health insurance quotes, and home insurance quotes."

Pricing information for new and used, cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and personal watercrafts.

Pricing information for new and used cars, trucks, SUVs, and many other vehicles, including motorcycles, boats, RVs, and more.

The State of Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry in partnership with Family Watchdog, with information about FDA Drug and Product recalls as well.

Combined resources of six federal agencies to create a one-stop center for federal government recalls. Includes the ability to receive electronic newsletters and updates from individual agencies.

Comprehensive consumer reviews covering Business, Education, Finance, Home & Lifestyle and Insurance.

Provides crash test results, fuel econonomy guide, regulations & standards, and traffic safety information.

Compare over 3,000 U.S. cities in housing, costs of living, crime, education, economy, health and climate. Choose any two cities and see them displayed side-by-side.

Compare high school diploma and higher education resources at this interactive site which offers choices for researching your education or career choice.  Appropriate for teens and adults, with lots of video content and direct links to educational institutions.


Have a question? Contact our Reference Department by phone (608-266-6350) or email.