Your library card provides you with access to a wide variety of Research Databases 24-hours a day from wherever you are, using a computer, iPod, phone, etc.
The POWER Library (Pennsylvania Online World of Electronic Resources) provides access to magazine & newspaper indexes, full-text encyclopedias & almanacs and an archive of 500,000 + photographs.
Whether you are researching newspaper and magazine articles, literary criticism, business information, art & music or just looking up information for fun or out of curiosity, the Library can help you find what you’re looking for.
For help using our databases, please contact the Reference Department in person, by phone at 610-446-3082 x 201, or by email at


Accessing Consumer Reports Online

Before you can access Consumer Reports ONLINE from DCLS, you will need:

•A computer or device with Internet access

•An active Delaware County library card

1. Go to the library’s homepage at:

2. On the left, click on: Research Databases

3. Then click on the link: Click Here for an                              

       Alphabetical List of Databases

4. Scroll down and click on the database:

       EBSCO MasterFile Elite

5. Login with your full Name and

       Library Card Number

6. From the TOP tabs, click on: Publications

7. Type in “Consumer Reports” in the browsing field (in the second field shown, not the one at the top) and hit Browse.

8. Select the Consumer Reports Publication from the results list that you would like to search (choose from: Consumer Reports, Consumer Reports Buying Guide, Consumer Reports on Health, or Consumer Reports Travel Letter).

9. Click on the blue link: Search within this publication

10. Click on the Advanced Search feature

11. Next, enter your search words in the second field (and third, if needed) shown below and hit Search.

12. A list of articles will display that can be selected for reading. If you need to refine your search, you can choose from the options on the left hand side of the screen (limit by: publication date, full text, peer reviewed, cover story, etc.)

10. If you need more help with searching, please feel free to ask a librarian!        

Click here for a printable PDF of these directions.