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Library links - Computing

Medway Libraries' subject guide to the internet for computing

Medway Libraries offer computers with internet and Microsoft Office use and ICT courses.  

Please note that clicking on the links below will take you away from the Medway Libraries' webpages.



Free online dictionary of computing (FOLDOC) (http://foldoc.org/)Photo of a woman using a computer

Dictionary of computing terms put together by Imperial College. Gives definitions in plain English. It includes definitions of acronyms, jargon, programming languages, tools, architecture, operating systems, networking, theory, conventions, standards, mathematics, telecoms, electronics, institutions, companies, projects, products, history, in fact any of the vocabulary you might expect to find in a computer dictionary.

Get Safe Online (www.getsafeonline.org/)

A joint initiative between the Government, law enforcement, leading businesses and the public sector. With the aim to provide computer users and small businesses with free, independent, user-friendly advice that will allow them to use the internet confidently, safely and securely.

Mouse exercises (www.seniornet.org/howto/mouseexercises/mousepractice.html)

Exercises to improve your mouse skills.

Mousing around: games! (www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/games.htm)

An assortment of games to help you improve your mouse skills.


Hoax slayer (www.hoax-slayer.com/)

The Hoax-Slayer Newsletter keeps you informed about the latest email hoaxes and current internet scams. Hoax-Slayer also features anti-spam tips, computer security information, pertinent articles and more.

Think U Know (www.thinkuknow.co.uk/)

Information on how young people can use the internet, mobile phones, instant messaging, gaming sites, chatrooms and other IT safely.


Big Nose Bird (BNB) (http://bignosebird.com/)

BNB has over 200 pages of original tutorials on almost every subject to do with writing and running a web site.

British Telecom (BT) community web kit (www.btck.co.uk)

Easy-to-use website allows registered UK charities, non-profit making organisations and volunteer led groups or organisations to build and maintain their own website free of charge. Also offers free email-based technical support.

Facebook (www.facebook.com) (www.facebook.com/medwaylibraries)

A social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.

Internet archive (www.archive.org)

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artefacts in digital form.

JISC Digital Media (www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk)

Helps the UK’s Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) communities to embrace and maximise the use of digital media, and to achieve solutions that are innovative, practical and cost effective. Although aimed at FE and HE communities, JISC Digital Media is open to everyone. 

My Space (https://myspace.com/)

Social networking site for connecting with like minded people.  Popular with young people.

Writeboard (http://writeboard.com/)

An easy and professional (and free) way for a number of people to collaborate on writing something.

Search engines

Altavista (www.altavista.com)

One of the most comprehensive search engines on the Web, offering both simple and advanced searches.

Google (www.google.co.uk)

Impressive search engine.

Picsearch (www.picsearch.com)

An image search service with more than 3,000,000,000 pictures.

WolframAlpha (www.wolframalpha.com)

Computational knowledge engine.

Yahoo! (www.yahoo.co.uk)

This divides the world of Web information up by subject category.

Yahoo! - kids. (http://kids.yahoo.com)

Children's search engine from Yahoo! A good range of categories, both for educational and leisure topics.

Social media

Delicious (https://del.icio.us/)

Keep, share, and discover the best of the Web using Delicious, the world's leading social bookmarking service.

Facebook (www.facebook.com)

Helps you connect and share with the people in your life.

Facebook - Getting started guide (www.keyslibraries.org/2012/getting-started-with-that-facebook-thing/)

A web guide aimed at teaching those who are less computer and internet savvy how they can use Facebook to connect with friends and family.

Google plus (https://plus.google.com)

Using your Google account to stay connected with your "circles" online.

LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)

More than 120 million professionals use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas and opportunities

Myspace (https://new.myspace.com/)

Social entertainment destination powered by the passion of fans. Music, movies, celebs, TV, and games made social.
Twitter (http://twitter.com/)

Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favourite celebrities, and breaking news.