Computer and Internet Information

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Computer Classes offered by the library and other local organizations

Computer and Internet Skills

Basic Computing Skills

Internet Skills

Keyboarding Skills

  • Power Typing Keyboarding skills practice
  • Typing Web Keyboarding skills practice. Join (it's free!) to track your progress, or close "Register Now" box to start practicing

Mouse Skills


The following email providers are free to sign-up for and use.

Mobile Electronic Devices


E-readers are portable, electronic devices used to read digitally formatted books, magazines, newspapers, etc. Here's a list of popular e-readers:


Smartphones are cellular phones that can perform additional functions and provide extra features. Additional functions and features of a smartphone include multimedia player, browsing the Internet, taking pictures and/or video, GPS, gaming, etc. A very important consideration to purchasing and using a smartphone is the operating system. Most smartphone operating systems allow the use of apps to further increase functionality or to take advantage of a phones feature set. Here is a list of popular operating systems:

  • iOS is the software that powers the ever popular iPhone.
  • Android is an operating system developed by Google, the popular search engine.
  • webOS's pedigree includes powering PDA's such as Palm Pilot, remember those?
  • Symbian is an operating system developed by Nokia, the popular mobile phone maker. At one time, Symbian was the most popular smartphone OS. Nokia has begun moving using another OS- Windows Phone.
  • Windows Phone is Microsoft's smartphone operating system.

Tablet Computer

Tablet computers are larger than smartphones, they generally have a screen size of between 7 to 10 inches. They are mostly operated through a touchscreen and have limited inputs- no physical keyboard, mouse, CD/DVD rom drives, etc. Tablet computers can include cameras, GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi, and 3G connectivity.

PC Mag has a nice list of the different kinds of tablets available today.

Popular Websites


Initially, blogs were online diary and journaling webpages designed to be shared with family and friends. More recently, blogs have taken on more of a media, information, and news sharing direction within a more biased and less formal style.

This is SJCPL's blog. Check it out to see what your favorite librarians are blogging about!

Here's a list of the Top 100 Blogs as ranked by Technorati, a blog search engine and directory.


Local News Websites

International and National News Websites

Social Networking

A social networking site allows you to share information with others on a website designed for a specific purpose. For example, Facebook allows you to share up to the minute information about your life with your friends. Urban Spoon is an online restaurant review website where members get to rate and share information about restaurants.

  • Facebook use Facebook to find and stay in touch with long lost friends, family, and co-workers, here is the Library's Facebook page
  • Flickr lets you share your pictures with your friends online, here is the Library's Flickr Photostream
  • Pinterest is "an online pinboard," a "place to organize and share the things you love"
  • Twitter is "a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting. Simply find the public streams you find most compelling and follow the conversations", here is the Library's Twitter feed
  • Urbanspoon lets you read "South Bend restaurants and reviews from critics, food bloggers, and friends", and post your own food reviews too!
  • Yelp is like Urbanspoon in that it lets you rate restuarants, but Yelp also allows you to rate other businesses in town, find reviews on Automotive, Nightlife, or Shopping businesses, for example
  • Youtube "allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos, YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small"

Search Engines

A search engine searches for information and compiles it based on search terms. Here are some of the largest, most popular search engines on the net today:

Metasearch Engine

A metasearch engine searches multiple search engines at once so you don't have to repeat your search on different search engines.

  • Dogpile
  • Ixquick is a metasearch engine that prides itself on maintaining user information confidential by deleting user history.

Computational or Answer Engine

This kind of search engine provides the answer by computing all of the data it has access to, instead of pointing you to another website that holds the answer. For example, if you enter "2+2" it will give you the answer "4" instead of giving you a page of links with possible answers.

Security Information (PC's)

Shadowserver Foundation What is Malware?

PC Magazine Security Resources

Microsoft Safety and Security Center

Consumer Reports Online Security Guide

Security Tools (PC's)

Bitdefender QuickScan

Mcafee Security Scan Plus

Panda ActiveScan

Trend Micro's HouseCall

SJCPL Resources

Personal tools