Research
Internet & Computers

 

The websites on this page offer a guide to searching and using the Internet.  A list of the best Internet search tools and subject guides is available to help you navigate and find things on the Internet.

Skokie Public Library has a large collection of computer books which are shelved separately on the second floor.  Here you can find technical books on programming and networking along with beginner books on basic computer applications such as Microsoft Word or Windows XP. 

If you are new to the Internet, then take a look at some of the online tutorials which can help you get started. The Library also provides a list of computer classes available in the Library and throughout the community.

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Librarian Recommendations

These article databases and websites have been selected by librarians at Skokie Public Library as outstanding resources and good places to start a search for information about computers and the Internet.

Web resourceAbout.com

Billed as "the Human Internet," this network of websites is run by professional guides who specialize in various areas of interest. About.com is organized into twenty-three channels containing over one million links in more than fifty thousand subjects.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardAtomic Training

Atomic Training contains short videos explaining specific tasks in many of the most Suitable for elementary and middle grade studentspopular software applications in use today. The videos may be watched in sequence like a course, or watched individually to learn a specific part of a program.

Web resourceGoogle

This searchable and browsable Internet search engine has an index of more than one billion websites. Search results are organized using PageRank, a system which ranks websites according to the number of times they have been linked to from other significant websites.

Web resourceInternet Safety Information compiled by Skokie Public Library

This page from the Skokie Public Library Youth Services Department provides online safety tips, tools, and web links for students, parents, and educators.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardLynda.com

Lynda.com provides access to over 8,000 video courses in technology and business.
Please note: First time users should click the "Create a profile" link to set up a password..

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardSafari Books Online

Safari Books Online offers access to the full content of over 1,600 books primarily in the field of computing and information technology. You can search the electronic versions of books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, Microsoft Press, Que, and IBM.

Web resourceSkokie Public Library's Guides to Databases

The librarians of Skokie Public Library have developed guides to many of the databases in the Library's collection of resources. These guides describe the contents, main features, and typical uses of each database, and provide tips for searching.

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Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Web resourceBroadbandReports.com

This handy website provides consumer information on DSL, cable, and other broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) throughout the country.

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Email Accounts

An email account is a valuable tool that is easy to set up even if you don’t have Internet access at your home. Following is a guide to using email and a selection of websites that provide free and reliable online email services.

Web resourceBeginning Email

This beginner's guide from About.com explains the ins-and-outs of setting up and using an email account.

Web resourceGmail from Google

Gmail provides many advanced features and a great amount of storage space with this free email service from Google.

Web resourceMail.com

Mail.com allows you to choose a domain name (such as usa.com or doctor.com), but it's missing some of the security and convenience features offered by other email services.

Web resourceMSN Hotmail

MSN's Hotmail service comes with great spam filtering and security features, but offers little mailbox storage space.

Web resourceYahoo! Mail

One of the best free email services, Yahoo! Mail is secure, reliable, accessible, and comes with many useful features.

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LISTSERVs and Usenet Groups

Internet mailing and LISTSERV lists are email discussion groups that allow subscribers to network within a common area of interest. Discussion is usually centered around a common topic such as accounting or education. Usenet groups are topic-oriented online bulletin boards where users can discuss professional issues and interact with knowledgeable insiders.

Web resourceGoogle Groups

Google Groups contains the entire archive of Usenet discussion groups dating back to 1981 and provides a look at evolving viewpoints, debate, and advice on every subject from politics to technology.

Web resourceL-Soft CataList

Generated automatically and up-to-date, CataList provides a browsable list of over 45,000 public LISTSERV lists on the Internet.

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Search Tools

Web resourceAsk.com

Submit a question to this "natural language" search tool and "Jeeves" will help you find a website that has the answer.

Web resourceGoogle

This searchable and browsable Internet search engine has an index of more than one billion websites. Search results are organized using PageRank, a system which ranks websites according to the number of times they have been linked to from other significant websites.

Web resourceYahoo!

Yahoo! provides a powerful search engine along with a web directory and other specialized resources.

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Subject Guides

Web resourceAbout.com

Billed as "the Human Internet," this network of websites is run by professional Guides who specialize in various areas of interest. About.com is organized into twenty-three channels containing over one million links in more than 50,000 subjects.

Web resourceInternet Public Library (IPL)

This annotated directory of online reference resources has been developed by Internet Public Library staff to help answer specific questions quickly and efficiently. Sources are selected according to ease of use, quality and quantity of information, frequency of updating, and authoritativeness.

Web resourceLibrarySpot

The LibrarySpot directory is an organized collection of annotated links to the most helpful library and reference websites.

Web resourceRefDesk.com

This excellent directory to general information on the Internet is arranged in an easy-to-read fashion.

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Tutorials

Software Applications

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardAtomic Training

Atomic Training contains short videos explaining specific tasks in many of the most Suitable for elementary and middle grade studentspopular software applications in use today. The videos may be watched in sequence like a course, or watched individually to learn a specific part of a program.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardLynda.com

Lynda.com provides access to over 8,000 video courses in technology and business.
Please note: First time users should click the "Create a profile" link to set up a password.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardSafari Books Online

Safari Books Online offers access to the full content of over 1,600 books primarily in the field of computing and information technology. You can search the electronic versions of books from leading publishers such as O'Reilly, Sams, Microsoft Press, Que, and IBM.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardTreehouse Online Learning

Learn how to build websites and apps, write code, or start a business through self-paced video lessons. Users also can create projects and earn badges to demonstrate their mastery of topics.

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Mouse and Typing Guides

The first step in learning how to use a computer is learning how to use the mouse and keyboard. The tutorials listed below will teach you how the mouse and keyboard works and guide you through exercises that will help you use them easily and effectively.

Web resourceFree Mouse Exercises from Investintech.com

This site contains a nice list of exercises to help learn computer mouse skills.

Web resourceMonitor Your Computer Keyboarding

This website has an extensive list of websites designed to make learning to type fun!

Web resourceMousercise

From the Central Kansas Library System in Great Bend, Kansas, this tutorial covers basic functions of mouse use, but also provides exercises you can follow to improve your new skills. You can use the Mousercise tutorial to practice and hone the same skills you learned in the New User Tutorial above.

Web resourceMousing Around

This tutorial is designed to help people who have never used a mouse before. For those of you who have never used, or are unsure of how to use, a computer mouse, try this tutorial first! In this tutorial, you will learn how to hold a mouse, the basics of moving and clicking while using the scroll bar, inserting typed words, using drop-down menus, double-clicking, dragging, and closing a computer file. The tutorial also includes further exercises to refine your skills once you've mastered the basics.

Web resourceTyping Web

This tutorial is designed to help people who want to improve their typing skills. TypingWeb is a free online typing tutor and keyboarding tutorial for typists of all ages. All skill levels will benefit from TypingWeb's free keyboarding lessons.

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Internet Guides

These sites can help make the most out of your time online by explaining the various aspects of the Internet and teaching you how to search for and find the things you want.

Web resourceInternet Safety Information from Skokie Public Library

This page from the Skokie Public Library Youth Services Department provides online safety tips, tools, and web links for students, parents, and educators.

Web resourceLearnthenet.com

Use this website to find guides to all aspects of Internet use including topics such as email, downloading, searching, and much more.

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