Welcome to the DCTC Library's personal finance guide. On these pages you will find library resources (both online and on our shelves), plus other reliable online resources.
Let's get started!
Films On Demand
Films On Demand features Personal Finance Essentials: Financial Literacy for Young Earners, a five-part video series on personal finance.
- Budgeting and Financial Decision Making (36:26)
- Checking Accounts and Everyday Banking (31:27)
- Credit, Borrowing, and Debt (35:42)
- Saving and Investing (32:25)
- Taxes and Tax Benefits (32:02)
Other videos include:
- Personal Finance: When Am I Ever Going to Use This? (25:20)
- Budgeting: Because Money Still Matters (22:35)
- Dealing With Debt: Because Money Still Matters (19:54)
- Living Expenses: Because Money Still Matters (19:24)
- Fighting the Impulse to Spend (18:29)
- The Monster of Debt (18:14)
- Credit Cards, Friend or Foe? (17:38)
- Financial Emergencies (16:14)
- Budgeting 101 (13:35)
- Credit Scores, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly (13:38)
- Buying a Car (18:54)
- Staying out of Debt (14:30)
- Your Financial Future (14:49)
Here are just a few of the ebooks about personal finance you'll find in our EBSCO eBook Collection:
Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate
Jacquette M. Timmons, 2010
Map Your Financial Freedom: Charting a Course Through Adulthood and Retirement
Patrick A. Lyons, 2009
Credit Repair: Make a Plan, Improve Your Credit, Avoid Scams
Amy Loftsgordon, 2017
In the Library
Our collection is organized by Library of Congress call numbers. If you like to browse, most books about personal finance are shelved in the HG179 call number range. Ask a librarian if you need help finding anything.
Here are just a few of our books about personal finance:
Use our catalog, OneSearch, to find the books and videos on our shelves, plus ebooks and streaming videos.
The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. To narrow your results, use the Modify My Results options on the left side of the screen. You can also click on a relevant title and click on one of its subject headings to focus your search on that particular topic.
Please ask a librarian if you need help locating anything you find in our catalog.
If we don't have the book, video, or article you're looking for, you can request it via interlibrary loan (ILL) and it will come to you. It's easy! E-mail email@example.com to let us know what you're looking for and we'll do the rest.
These magazines can help you make smart choices with your money.
We have print issues of Consumer Reports from the past three years, plus online coverage from 1991 to the present via EBSCO.
We have print issues of Kiplinger's Personal Finance from the past three years, plus online coverage from 1990 to the present via EBSCO.
Selected web sites
Federal Student Aid
FederalStudentAid.gov offers a handy guide to Budgeting for college students. It covers why and how to create a budget, how to balance school and a job, and what you should know about budgeting after you graduate.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides a ton of useful information and answers to commonly-asked financial questions in their Consumer Tools. Topics include:
- Auto loans
- Bank accounts and services
- Credit cards
- Credit reports and scores
- Debt collection
- Fraud and scams
- Money transfers
- Payday loans
- Prepaid cards
- Reverse mortgages
- Student loans
Investopedia offers lots of Personal Finance information, covering budgeting, savings, banking, credit cards, debt, home ownership, retirement planning, taxes, insurance, and more. You'll also find The Ultimate Guide to Financial Literacy, which introduces banking and credit cards and explains how to create a budget and start investing.
MoneyGeek offers advice and tools to help you make personal finance decisions. Topics include:
- Bad Credit Car Loans: What to Do When You Need a Car but Have Poor Credit
- Small Business Loans: How to Research, Apply for and Get Financing
- Compound Interest Calculator
- Cost of Living Calculator
- Cash-Back Credit Cards
- Credit Card Debt-Free: How to Face Facts, Save Money and Get that Balance Paid
- Let It Save: Your Ultimate Holiday Budget Plan
- Are You Financially Literate?
- Tax Guide for Military Members & Veterans
- Becoming a Money-Wise Woman: A Guide to Financial Independence
- The Best Cheap Car Insurance in Minnesota for 2020
- Mortgage Calculator
Smart About Money
Smart About Money is a program of the National Endowment for Financial Education and features free online courses with worksheets, calculators and quizzes. Each course takes about 45 minutes to complete. The Money Basics courses cover Spending and Saving, Credit and Debt, Insurance, Investing, and Employment.
LearnFree.org offers tutorials on many topics, including Money Basics. Lessons include:
Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission provides Consumer Information on a wide variety of topics, including:
- Shopping & Saving
- Credit & Loans
- Dealing with Debt
- Saving Energy at Home
- Healthy Living
- Job Hunting
- Going into Business
- Identity Theft