Computers and the Internet


Learn software, creative, technology and business skills with training tutorials. Includes more than 8,000 video courses on software programs like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop and Zoom, plus courses on career improvement, productivity, marketing and more. also includes tutorials on social media and web publishing tools like Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. getting started help


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O'Reilly for Public Libraries (previously Safari Books Online) offers resources for learning about business, technology, design, science, engineering, travel, hobbies, health and more. O'Reilly includes over 50,000 books from top publishers (including pre-release titles for the most up-to-date information), more than 30,000 hours of video content, case studies from top companies, learning paths and expert playlists.

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Update November 2020: This fall, Safari Books Online will be replaced with O'Reilly for Public Libraries, which offers the same resources (plus videos and case studies) in an updated interface.

Full text of thousands of computer, technical and business books from top publishers, including O'Reilly, Sams, Microsoft and more. Includes a selection of titles covering health and fitness, family, DIY projects and travel. 

Note: Safari Books Online will time out after a period of inactivity and users will sometimes be presented with a preview screen. To reconnect, see Problems with Safari Books Online.


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Recommended websites

Online computer magazines | Software reviews | Learn to code

Online computer magazines

Computer magazine dedicated to Apple Macintosh products.

Online-only computer magazine with hardware and software reviews geared to the IT professional.

Computer magazine offering advice on various aspects of PCs and related items, the Internet, and other personal-technology products and services. Includes reviews of hardware and software products from a variety of manufacturers, as well as other technology-related devices.

Software reviews

Software reviews and ratings, video reviews, user opinions, buying guides, price comparisons and more.

Freshmeat allows computer users to keep track of the latest software releases and updates, as well as write and read reviews and articles. The majority of the software covered is open source and for Unix-like systems, though Freshmeat also covers releases of closed-source, commercial and cross-platform software.

Learn to code

Learn the basics of interactive web development with HTML and CSS, Javascript and jQuery. Codecademy also includes free, web-based courses in PHP, Python, Ruby and more. Suitable for beginners.

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