The FAQs is a good place to start. That and newbie central. Check out some of the SoM articles. Id be glad to answer any questions (to the best of my ability) if you have any.
I hope you find all you need on the site (:
In forums/ general info/ Basics Expanded and Starting Out are good reads for a beginner. Also, Complete Guide to Spells of Magic is good for info about the site.
May you find what you seek. Blessed Be...