If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, here are some easy to use tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.
The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA’s content partners and staff.
This handy guide, created by the librarians at John Hopkins University lays out the criteria you should use when evaluating internet resources. We know you won't always have a librarian by your side, and this guide will prepare you to use your own critical thinking skills to make smart decisions when it comes to websites.
Includes access to the Encyclopedia Americana, New Book of Knowledge,
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Roget's II: The New Thesaurus & the
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos,
and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study
at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. There are a wide range of topics and all are free
Originally founded as a repository of urban legends, the site has grown into
a full-fledged rumor and hoax debunking website. If you're heard something
on Facebook or through a chain email that doesn't quite seem on the level,
check out Snopes and see what they have to say about it. They do their
research, and they provide sources for their information.