Computers and Technology

Close up of a circuit board entitled "Computers and Technology Resource Guide"

Premium Websites (databases):

Use your library card number to access these.

Computer Sciences, 2nd ed.
Encyclopedia of computer science concepts, history, and contributors in the field.

McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
Electronic version of an authoritative science and technology encyclopedia set.

Safari Books Online (e-Books)
Search and read the full text of thousands of books in the Safari Tech Books collection about technology, career, and finance topics like running a photography business, developing iPhone apps, personal investing, and studying for the Project Management Professional exam. Technology professionals will find new titles from many of their favorite programming and software series like The Missing Manual, O'Reilly, Sams Teach Yourself, John Wiley & Sons, and Packt Publishing.

Recommended Free Websites:

Computer Basics
Learn about the pieces of a computer and how you use them to get online, type a resume, and more.

Engadget
A prominent website focused on consumer electronics news.

How Stuff Works
Check out the computer and electronics sections of this site to learn more about common technologies.

Mashable
News source for digital culture, social media and technology

NetLingo
Defines terms used in technology, business, and communication fields, including Internet acronyms and text messaging shorthand.

TechEncyclopedia
Detailed definitions of thousands of information technology terms.

Computer Tutorials

How Do I Use a Mouse?

Mouse Aerobics
Monroe County library system offers a basic mousing tutorial for people new to computers.

Mousing Around - English & Mousing Around - Spanish
Try this tutorial to keep your wrists from hurting when using the mouse.

How Do I Type?

GoodTyping
Take typing lessons in a variety of languages like Spanish and French.  Must register for an account with this website.

Keyboard Basics
Explains what some of the special keys, like the F keys, do. 

Keyboard Tutorial
16 lessons to teach you how to use a computer keyboard.

Learn to Type Online
Learn about the keyboard and how to type.

TypingWeb
Whether beginner or advanced, this site will help you become a better typist. Must register for an account with this website.

What is the Internet?

Email 101
Learn what email is and how you can set up your own account.

Internet Safety
Take this online course to learn how to be safe online.  There is also an Internet Safety for Kids course available.

Job Searching Online
Get all the info you need to look for a job online.

See also (related content on FCPL.org):

Computer Classes at FCPL

Online Resources: Consumer

Wireless Internet Access at FCPL