Supernova (2002).  Supercomputer simulation in three dimensions of a supernova explosion.  Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Web resources

This section provides links to recommended educational Web sites.  Please let us know if you have favorite sites that you think we should add.

Links to non-University Web sites are provided solely as an educational resource.  No endorsement of these sites' sponsors, nor of any products or services described on the sites listed or those contained herein is either expressed or implied and is used soley for informational purposes only.

You can also use the Learn About series, for (mostly) non-technical information about various information technology topics, such as passwords, spam, and viruses.  You can always contact the Help Desk if you have computer-related questions of any kind.  

Applications/software training

Adobe Support home (Adobe)
Links to documentation, product support pages, RSS subscriptions, and searchable knowledge base of how-to information for products in the Adobe/Macromedia family, such as Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Photoshop. 

Adobe Online Forums (Adobe)
Portal for peer-to-peer discussion forums for products in the Adobe/Macromedia family.  Free, but registration required to post content.

Apple Discussion Groups (Apple)
Portal for peer-to-peer discussion focums for Apple products.  Free, but registration required to post content.

Apple Pro Tip of the Week (Apple)
Handy things to know about OS X, with a new one each week.  Archive of the last 25 or so.

Apple Support home (Apple)
Links to support resources for everthing the company sells.

Microsoft Office (Microsoft)
Links to extensive free training materials for applications in the MS Office family.  For a direct path to materials for a particular product, go to its home page:

Microsoft Support home (Microsoft)
Links to Product Solution Center and Support Knowledge Base for every software product the company sells.

Children and the Internet

Child Safety on the Information Highway (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
Online safety guide, including discussion of risks, with guidelines for parents and kids' rules for online safety

GetNetWise About Kids' Safety (Internet Education Foundation)
Includes online safety guide, tools for families, web sites for kids, and contacts for reporting problems

Great Web Sites for Kids (American Library Association)
More than 700 recommended sites, organized by category and topic, including sitios en español

Netsmartz Workshop (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children et al)
Extensive resources for "keeping kids and teens safer on the Internet"


OpenCourseWare (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Public domain course materials from hundreds of undergraduate and graduate MIT courses.  Of particular interest:


TechWeb TechEncyclopedia
"More than 20,000" information technology terms defined

"Online computer dictionary for computer and Internet terms and definitions"

Wikipedia Information Technology Portal
The "free-content encyclopedia that anyone can edit" includes an extensive information technology section
The "leading information technology encyclopedia and learning center"


Computer History Museum
An excellent collection of images and text -- "where computing history lives"

Smithsonian Institution: Computers and Communications
Another excellent collection of images and text from the US's premiere museum system


Cyber Security Tips series (US-CERT)
Excellent, concise information and advice about common security issues aimed at basic users

Information for New and Home Users (CERT/CC)
More security information aimed at basic users

SANS - Glossary of Terms Used in Security and Intrusion Detection Systems
Definitions for hundreds of information security terms.  See also the encyclopedia web sites above

Security At Home (Microsoft)
Text materials and streaming videos aimed at basic users. 

Technet (Microsoft)
Security information aimed at system administrators and other technical-level readers

Tech Tips (CERT/CC)
More security information for technical-level readers