Be a gift-giving pro with these Black Friday searches

If you're feeling overwhelmed by shopping choices, keep reading to find out how our online resources can help.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by shopping choices, keep reading to find out how our online resources can help.

Be a gift-giving pro this holiday season with help from Elkhart Public Library.

Two of the library’s online resources, NoveList and Consumer Reports, connect shoppers with recommendations and reviews to find the right gifts for everyone on their lists.

NoveList makes recommendations based on hundreds of search criteria: author, genre, subject, readalikes and many more. NoveList recently added nonfiction and audiobooks to go along with fiction searches.novelist

Think of it as a searchable “customers who liked this also liked …” list available on shopping or streaming media websites.

“It helps in giving the gift of a book, if you need help picking out the right one,” said EPL reference librarian Celine Maciejewski.

Beyond books, Consumer Reports offers library cardholders a way to find the best of just about anything before making holiday purchases.

Consumer Reports offers their thoroughly tested ratings on everything from frozen waffles to tires and of course many gadgets and electronics that are gift options.

Maciejewski said patrons being able to access Consumer Reports from anywhere allows them to look up ratings and recommendations while standing in the store or adding items to their online cart.consumer-reports

“This supplements their print source, they can access it in the store if they have their library card on them,” she said. “You can take the library with you on the go.”

For helping accessing NoveList or Consumer Reports watch this short video.

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