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Some useful resources
The LaTeX Wikibook
A quite comprehensive reference for different common needs in LaTeX. Usually my first stop when I have a question.
The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX 2ε
An excellent primer on getting started with LaTeX. This will answer almost all of the questions you'll have starting out.
CTAN (Comprehensive TeX Archive Network)
This archive is the main source for packages and their documentation, plus a lot of other info on TeX and LaTeX.
The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List
Seriously comprehensive. If there's a symbol you need, this document will let you know how to get it.
TeX-LaTeX Stack Exchange
"TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. It's 100% free, no registration required."
Will come up frequently in Google searches for LaTeX questions. Worth poking around in!
Reference manager options
One of your most user-friendly options. Especially good if you're dealing mostly with electronic articles that you download from library databases. Will automatically keep a BibTeX file in sync with your database, and sync across multiple computers and a web interface.
Java-based cross-platform option. Designed specifically to manage BibTeX. Hugely customizable. Less user-friendly, but more direct control over your BibTeX.
Mac OS X only. More user-friendly way to directly manage your BibTeX files.
Free to you from a sitewide license! Will export your references to a BibTeX file on demand. A bit more complicated than Mendeley, but also more customizable.