hello Becca. you're starting about the same as everyone else..lots of info & confusion.
one thing almost everyone will agree on is that you should learn your basic skills first, such as meditation. there are several forum posts on these skills on the site.
also, i highly recommend that you look at yourself in relation to magick. what do you really want to use it for? why? etc. the answers to these types of questions will help you find a general direction, at least.
lastly, you are right...lots of different views & opinions here, as well as lots of "bull monkey". so, read everything you can find that interests you, and then VERIFY the info from a second or even third source. don't take one persons word as gospel, that includes me or anyone else.
good luck, and welcome to the site!