By the way, the guys next to the computers in that room sell neat stuff for your ship in exchange for exploration badges. Especially the console and weapons vendors should be visited everytime you got a new ship and a bunch of exploration badges.
wait... let me get this right. You fail to do any basic level of research in choosing your final tier ship and its a failure on the part of the game?
The game has plenty of issues that need to be addressed that are talked far and wide on these forums. But in terms of resources available you have a lot at your disposal. The forums, you can go and see what the choices are, why people choose them and screen shots to help make a better decision. Not to mention the the ship charts located here: http://forums.startrekonline.com/showthread.php?t=88822
After that, you have the mentioned Ship DB's located in the shipyard area.