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Learn how to find, access, and view courses in the lynda.com training library. Staff author Garrick Chow explains how to find the "need to know" material quickly and browse other subjects you might be interested in. A full rundown of the types of training offered is included, from in-depth essential training on specific software packages, to first looks at up-and-coming technology trends, to inspirational documentaries following creative professionals working in a variety of disciplines. Garrick also shows how to use special library features such as bookmarks, the queue, certificates of completion, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and more, as well as where to turn for help when you need it. Plus, learn to access lynda.com on the go, either through our mobile site, or the iOS app, which also supports playing videos on your TV via AirPlay and an Apple TV.
When you visit lynda.com, chances are you've come to learn something. So how do you find what you're looking for? At the top of nearly every page on our site, you'll find the Browse the library button. From here, you can browse by subject and click on a subject's name, or click a specific course topic or software package within that subject. For example, I can come here to the Video subject and choose Video Editing to see all the courses related to editing video. If you're looking for a specific software product, you would go to the Software menu at the bottom here. And here, you can see the icons for the most popular software courses on our site.
Or you can click a letter to search for a specific software package or publisher. For example, under the letter A, you'll find a link to courses covering Acrobat as well as Adobe, the company that publishes Acrobat and many other software products. If you'd like to see a listing of all of our latest releases, you'll find them on the homepage, which you can always get to by clicking the lynda.com logo at the top of any page. And here under New courses, you can page through our recent releases in reverse chronological order. You can also use the tabs found at the top here to browse the new releases by subject. We also have a powerful search feature.
Simply type the topic you're looking for, such as CSS menus, click Search. And every course in Video with that topic will appear in the list. The more specific you can be with your search terms, the better results you get. You can also filter your results as well. For example, I come over here and select Courses to show just courses that match the search term rather than individual videos. And I'm seeing just 15 results, and it'll be much easier to find what I'm looking for. I can further narrow down the results by adding another filter, such as Intermediate, to see courses aimed at viewers with more experience with CSS.
If you'd like to see a results for individual videos rather than an entire course, click Videos. And now, I can see the names of specific videos within the resulting courses. Now let's go look at an actual course. Let's say I'm interested in learning Adobe Dreamweaver CC. I'll go to the Browse the library menu, go down to Web, and I'll find Dreamweaver under the Software column. That gives me 66 results. So I'll filter the list to just show me the Dreamweaver CC courses. Then I'll click the link to the course I'd like to watch. And that takes me to the course's page. You can scroll down the page to see the table of contents of the course.
As you scroll through, you'll notice that some of the links in the table of contents are active, and others are not. If you're logged in as a member, all links will be active. If you're just visiting, you'll find that 10% of every course on lynda.com has content available for free. Doing these free movies will give you an idea of the quality of our courses. Simply click a movie name in the table of contents and the video will begin playing. Now if you have a premium membership to lynda.com and you're logged in, you'll have access to the exercise files for each course. Exercise files are the same files that each instructor uses in his or her respective courses.
Being able to download the exercise files means that you'll be able work along with the videos, using the exact same assets that you see on screen. We also offer closed captioning on select courses. If the course you're watching includes closed captioning, you'll see the CC icon here. You can also view the entire transcript of a movie, to skim through to see if it contains the information you're looking for by clicking the Transcript tab. Clicking any line of text will jump you to that point in the video. You're also able to search for text within the courses by typing a word or phrase into the Search this course field. Our system also tracks the movies you watch, so you can keep track of the courses that you've started and completed, and you can also see where you've left off.
While logged in, you can go to the homepage and go to your Course History. Here, you can see the most recent courses you've watched, or click View All to see a longer list. Toggle open any titles to see which movies you've watched in that course. And you can click on any course or movie name to watch it. So there, you have a brief overview of how our library works. Throughout the rest of this course, I'll be getting into more details about several of the features we just looked at, as well as many other features and components of our site.
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