Is there a reference that can teach me more about using Blackboard? Where do I go for quick how-to’s?

Yes, there is a handout (Word document) called Blackboard Student Essentials which gives you a brief overview of all of the tools available within Blackboard. Many instructors provide this as a part of their course materials within Blackboard.

Some Blackboard sites also have a Using Blackboard link in the Navigation pane. Using Blackboard contains step-by-step instructions for using Blackboard’s basic features. Go to your Blackboard site to see this link.