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Library Corner: Improve financial literacy with library resources

| Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at

Some people associate April with the dreaded time to turn their taxes into the IRS.

That might be why April is Financial Literacy Month.

The library has access to a number of business and consumer resources.

These resources can help you with increasing your financial literacy and also provide you with information to help you make more informed purchases.

To access these databases visit your local library's database page and check out the Business and Finance page and the Consumer Resources pages.

• Consumer Reports Magazine: A popular resource to get product reviews and information. With your library card you have access to magazines dating back to 1985. You can search information about Cars, Appliances, Electronics and many more categories. This is a helpful and in-depth resource to help you make informed product descriptions.

• Kelley Blue Book: A vehicle evaluation company. Many people may be familiar with the physical blue books, but now all of this information is available free online. This website contains new and used vehicle pricing information. Additionally there are car reviews. You can search for cars by category, make, model, etc. You can also view the market price of both new and used cars. There's even a tool to help give you a guideline for checking your car's value.

• Business Source Premier: This database contains comprehensive, full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing management, MIS, POM, accounting, banking and finance. This database also includes market research reports, industry reports, county reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses. One of the most helpful parts of this site is the Company Profiles section where you can see in-depth reports on different companies.

• Morningstar Investment Research Center: A useful and popular site, Morningstar Investment Research Center contains mutual fund and stock ratings and reports. Detailed analyst reports from Morningstar Inc. This resource is great for people of all levels ranging from beginners to experts.

Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at

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