May 28 - May 30: The Saint Paul Public Library will be closed.


Research Databases

Selected Websites

Mouse Skills

Computer and Internet Tutorials

  • In Pictures

    Computer tutorials based on pictures.

  • Internet Tutorials

    Basic tutorials, research guides, and search engine information for beginners and those who want to learn more.

  • Learn the Net

    Uses graphics and plain language to teach how the Internet works and how to use it for fun, e-mail, shopping, and finding information.

    Español | Français

Online Safety

  • Avoid ID Theft

    One-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.

  • Stay Safe Online

    Safety tips from some of the National Cyber Security Alliance on securing your computer or network from hackers and viruses.

  • OnGuard Online

    Information from the U.S. federal government on how to avoid scams, secure your computer, protect kids, and be smart online. Includes information on phishing, viruses, cookies, video games, securing your wireless network, keeping your laptop safe, and more.

Typing and Keyboarding

Digital Literacy

  • Northstar Online Digital Literacy Assessment

    Online, self-guided modules to assess basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in six main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, and Word Processing (using Microsoft Word).

    When individuals pass the assessments at approved sites, they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments.

  • Technology Literacy Collaborative

    The Technology Literacy Collaborative is a network of digital inclusion supporters committed to sharing best practices, advocating for technology and digital literacy skills and access, and promoting collaborative efforts. The site lists community technology centers where you can find free Internet access, computers, software, and perhaps assistance and instruction.

  • Digital Literacy Training Lessons

    Teaches technology skills for daily living, employment, and transition to higher education.

    Skills taught include:

    • basic computer
    • Internet
    • e-mail
    • Windows
    • word processing

    From Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communitites

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