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Zimmerman's Research Guide


Product Reviews and Related Information

For general product reviews, see:

(a) Consumer Reports and/or Consumers Digest;

(b) Epinions.com, an online forum where consumers post their experiences with various products;

(c) Gale Group's Trade & Industry, PROMPT, and New Product Announcement databases are available on ProQuest Dialog.

(d) The Lexis MARKET, COMPNY and/or NEWS libraries;

(e) Informa's "Sheets" series of subject-specific newsletters. These are: The Blue Sheet (government and private biomedical research programs); The Gold Sheet (pharmaceutical manufacturing); The Gray Sheet (medical devices); The Green Sheet (pharmacy) The Pink Sheet (prescription and over the counter pharmaceuticals); The Rose Sheet (toiletries and skin care products); and The Tan Sheet (non-prescription drugs and nutritional products). Articles are available from Pharma & MedTech Business Intelligence (formerly Elsevier Business Intelligence). Articles from most of the Sheets are also available, with a delay, through some Lexis subscription plans;

(f) Internet postings - check out the manufacturer's Web site and search on the product name for other miscellaneous postings.

For more targeted reviews see ...

Computers, Software, etc.: Reviews of computers, peripherals, software, etc., are posted free on C/net, ZDnet and PCWorld.com. You can also search for specific subjects, companies, models, etc. in a search engine. PC Magazine does an annual review of customer satisfaction (published around November/December). Check Epinions.com too.

For reviews of hardware and software used in law firms, see:

For more sources see the ABA's Researching Law Office Technology: Selected Resources.

Lists and Rankings: To find out the leading products in an industry, see the entry for "Market Share."

Recalls: Information about major product recalls are posted on the Web by Recalls.gov, Safety Alerts, Central Notice and the Consumer Products Safety Commission. See also "Safety," below.

Safety: For safety information, visit the Web site for the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Consumer Products Safety Commission, SaferProducts.gov and/or Consumer Reports (or read Consumer Reports in print). See also the separate entry for "Safety."

Product Liability Laws: The Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium provides citations to each state's statutes and leading cases.

Voice Jail: For instructions on how to get a live operator through a company's automated phone system, check out Get Human.

See Also
Book Reviews
Brand Names
Company Information
Market Research
Market Share
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

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