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ENG 102: English Composition II (Ms. McHenry): Unit 3: Product Evaluation
A modification of the English COMP II guide, this guide has been tailored specifically for Linda McHenry's students to account for specific assignments. Additionally, this guide includes research tips and resources for Composition II students. Recommende
Publication Date: Full-text articles are available in MasterFile Premier database back to 1991. Click "Search within this publication" to search by topic, or browse issues.
This magazine, which does not accept advertising, provides reviews of hundreds of products based on laboratory testing. Products are scored on reliability, price, dependability, and other important criteria.
Publication Date: Full-text from 1999 to 2013 in MasterFile Premier Database.
"Yearly guide published by the editors of Consumer Reports magazine. Over 1950 brand-name products rated. Best & worst appliances, electronics, cars & more."
Consumer Search Website: This web site collects product reviews from around the web, analyzes them and makes recommendations.
Good Housekeeping Seal "The seal is an emblem of the magazine's Consumer Policy, which promises a refund or replacement for defective products within two years of purchase."
Once a product has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal, and then meets environmental performance requirements, it can earn the Good Housekeeping Green Seal. Reduction of water use & energy efficiency in manufacturing, ingredient and product safety, packaging reduction, and the brand's corporate social responsibility are among the factors considered. ~GH website
Better Business Bureau: You can search the BBB site for a business to find out if it has been rated by the bureau, has had complaints lodged against it, and how those complaints were handled. They also report scams and provide consumer education.
Use these databases to research products, companies & industries. You can also research consumer behavior; think of your target audience, such a college students, and find out what types of shopping interests and behaviors they tend to display. Business Source Premier database has articles from both the Journal of Consumer Research and the Journal of Consumer Behavior.
For comprehensive reports, select "Company Profile" in the blue toolbar across the top of the database search page, then type in the name of the company or select it form the alphabetical list. Or, do a more general search by the name of the company to find all relevant documents.
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
Fair Trade Issues: "Fair Trade is a comprehensive approach to sustainable development that supports farmers with quality improvement, environmental stewardship, business capacity training, access to credit, and community development funds to help improve lives. "~ Fair Trade USA website
Fair Trade USA Website: "A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. We enable you, the consumer, to make a difference with your dollar."
World Fair Trade Organization: Membership of the WFTO is limited to organizations that demonstrate a 100% Fair Trade commitment and apply its 10 Principles of Fair Trade. WFTO Members are not just the pioneers of the movement but the innovators of the market.The WFTO has a vision of a world in which trade structures and practices have been transformed to work in favour of the poor and promote sustainable development and justice.
Get initial quality & dependability studies on vehicles, ratings, reports from car owners. "JDPower.com provides ratings based on "voice of the customer" information, which is derived from independent and unbiased consumer feedback, opinions, perceptions, and expectations of consumers who actually own the products and services being rated."~website
"Editors analyze thousands of test drives, auto reviews, safety tests and reliability reports to bring you our rankings and reviews. We tell you what the most trusted experts think and also provide easy, one-click access to most of the original sources." ~website