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Tutorial Websites - a Long List
All of these tutorials are free unless otherwise noted.  Many of them require a sign-up/account creation to take an entire course, but it’s still free. Most of them are for learning computer skills online, but there are some general knowledge tutorials in the list also.

Elementary/Very Basic Computer Skills

Mousing Tutorial or http://www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/
Starting with the keyboard - from the Palm Beach County Library System

New User Tutorial or http://tech.tln.lib.mi.us/tutor/welcome.htm
Learn to use the mouse with an interactive tutorial.

Computer Dictionaries (not exactly tutorials, but helpful anyway)

NetLingo.com Dictionary of Internet Terms or http://www.netlingo.com/index.cfm
NetLingo.com contains thousands of definitions about the online world of business, technology & communication.

FOLDOC or http://foldoc.org
Free Online Dictionary of Computing- click the Contents button for a browsing list.

Tutorials for Microsoft Office Programs

Windows tutorials from Microsoft:https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows - this is for whatever is the latest version of Windows. At the bottom of the page are many useful links to other Microsoft product information.

Training Home Page - Microsoft Office Online or http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/FX100565001033.aspx
For everything to do with MS Office, past and present.

In Pictures: Online computer tutorials based on pictures or http://inpics.net/index.html
Microsoft Office tutorials for the visually oriented learner - also has older versions and some Google apps

Internet4Classrooms – links to Excel tutorial sites or http://www.internet4classrooms.com/technology_tutorials/excel_external_links_technology_tutorials.htm
Lists a lot of sites that teach you how to use Excel spreadsheets, and some other interesting stuff.

Microsoft Office-Older Versions or http://www.baycongroup.com/wlesson0.htm
Older versions of Microsoft Word & other MS Office programs – free tutorials

Writing Web Pages

HTML Code Tutorial or http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com
Beginners to advanced comprehensive web page design tutorials

HTML Dog or http://www.htmldog.com
Very easy to use site covering all aspects of web page construction with detailed tutorials

HTML Goodies or http://www.htmlgoodies.com
Comprehensive web page design site

W3Schools Online Web Tutorials or http://www.w3schools.com/default.asp
HTML, CSS & everything else from the folks that write the rules for the Internet.

HTML 4.0 Entities or http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/entities
A description of symbols, punctuation, & numeric character references in HTML 4.0

The W3C QA Toolbox or http://www.w3.org/QA/Tools/
Validators, checkers and other tools for Webmasters and Web Developers

Are Your Web Pages Color Sensitive? or http://webdesign.about.com/od/accessibility/a/aa062804.htm
Writing webpages that are accessible to the colorblind

Web design for the colorblind or http://www.color-blindness.com/2006/04/29/web-design-for-the-colorblind/
What it says…

Internet Searching Tutorials

Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial or http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html
How to search the Web

Search Engine Watch: Tips About Internet Search Engines & Search Engine Submission or http://searchenginewatch.com
Search Engine Watch is an authoritative guide to searching at Internet search engines and search engine registration and ranking issues. Learn to submit URLs, use HTML meta tags and boost placement for your webpage in standard search engines.

Citing Internet Information in Papers & Assignments

Purdue University Online Writing Lab: Research & Citation Resources or https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/
Handbook for college students and other people on how to study, plan, research, and write papers and other assignments.

WikiHow: Citing sources or http://www.wikihow.com/Category:Citing-Writing-Sources
How to cite sources for research papers; also a guide to help users critically evaluate information and determine the relevance, authority and approriateness of a resource. Also contains a description of the difference between scholarly and popular resources.

Evaluating Internet Information

Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine or http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/webeval/webeval.html
National Library of Medicine on how to tell the good from the scams in medical info.

Evaluating Internet Resources or http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/beonline/selectbib.html
Bibliography of select info on evaluating Internet resources from the Library of Congress

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask or http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html
Why you should evaluate Web pages (many examples of good and bad pages, checklist for evaluating, techniques for finding out who is responsible, who owns the domain name,etc) from UC Berkeley.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources or http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/eval.html
An easy to use guide that focuses on web evaluation.  Lists evaluation criteria with links to actual pages that illustrate each point, from New Mexico State University Library.

Snopes Urban Legends or http://www.snopes.com
THE starting place for exploring Urban Legends and Folklore on the Web: Internet hoaxes, rumors, urban legends and urban myths debunked.  Emphasis on checking it yourself, and not believing the emails that arrive & say “checked by Snopes” because a lot of spammers put that in what they are sending to increase their own credibility.

Computer Info, Maintenance & Repair

PC Technology Guide or http://www.pctechguide.com/index.htm
A component by component and peripheral by peripheral guide that conveys a degree of historical perspective as well as providing the occasional peek into the future that includes many explanatory graphics & an integrated glossary.

How Stuff Works:  Computers or http://computer.howstuffworks.com
Sift thru all the links starting in the middle of the page and you’ll know way more about computers than you ever expected to learn.

>Help with PCshttp://www.helpwithpcs.com
Another comprehensive site explaining personal computers, their care & feeding.

Hard drive maintenance or http://nj.essortment.com/harddrivemaint_oks.htm
Hard drive maintenance is of extreme importance in maintaining overall computer health.

Wide-ranging Tutorial Links –all kinds of topics

GCF LearnFree.org or http://www.gcflearnfree.org
Tutorials in words & pictures to explain many popular programs and activities, in very simple outline and going into greater depth as you work your way through – like levels in a video game. Their courses include all the Microsoft Office programs, starting with MS Office 2000 and working through to MS Office 2013, among many other things.

Free Training Tutorial or http://www.free-training-tutorial.com/
MS Office Word and Excel lessons. In addition, it has typing, math, spelling, and grammar lessons, and a series of lessons in creative writing to help you get started with your NaNoWriMo project this November.

Typing Club or http://www.typingclub.com
A site designed to turn anyone into a touch typist, which is also fun. When you have completed a touch typing lesson, you get a complete analysis, finger by finger, of how well you did.

Pinterest Tips or http://www.theyummylife.com/Pinterest_tips
What you need to know to make Pinterest work for your purpose, whatever it may be.

Pinterest Tutorial or http://pinteresttutorial.com
How to use Pinterest, a website to organize and share internet sites - both a visual bulletin board for your personal use and a vast shared bulletin board for public use.

BoatUS Foundation or http://www.boatus.org
Online Boating Safety Courses

CNET How-to page or http://www.cnet.com/how-to/
C|Net has the latest in news, reviews, and tech tutorials

Computer Hope's free computer help or http://www.computerhope.com
Free computer help & info

Photo & Image editing with GIMP - the GNU Image Manipulation Program, free to download. Tutorials are at http://www.gimp.org/tutorials

HowStuffWorks - Learn how Everything Works!> or http://www.howstuffworks.com/index.htm
HowStuffWorks explains hundreds of subjects, from car engines to lock-picking to ESP, using clear language and tons of illustrations.

Internet Public Library or http://www.ipl.org
Just what it says

For teachers: Common core standards, practice lessons, educational resources from Pre-K thru Grade 12

Khan Academy or https://www.khanacademy.org/
STEM/STEAM - Math, science, computer programming, history, art, economics, and more.  Requires a free sign-up/account.

LearnThat or http://www.learnthat.com
Free online classes in various topics, MCSE, certifications, popular computer programs, programming languages, teaching, business, education, tutoring, and training.

Library of Congress or http://www.loc.gov/index.html
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

MIStupid.com - The Online Knowledge Magazine or http://mistupid.com/index.htm
Information that everyone should know, wants to know, or once did know and forgot. Tests, puzzles, and information to challenge, educate, and entertain.

Sophia.org or https://www.sophia.org
Has both paid & free sections; the free side has an extensive collection of free educational resources for teachers and their students

Streaming Media at the University of Wisconsin or http://streaming.wisconsin.edu
How to use various streaming media

Uncomplicating the Complicated | Hardware Secrets or http://www.hardwaresecrets.com
Tutorials, reviews & articles about all kinds of technology

Virtual Training Suite or http://www.vtstutorials.co.uk
Virtual Training Suite - a set of free Internet tutorials to help you develop Internet research skills for your university course.

Youtube or www.Youtube.com
Type in what kind of free tutorial you’re looking for in the Youtube Search bar & it will come up. Quality varies wildly from very professional to completely inadequate; that’s half the fun of YouTube.

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