Websites:

How To Pick The Short Term Investment That Fits Your Needs
Provides guidance for individuals looking for a place to invest on a short term basis from Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.

Kiplinger Investor Education Booklets
Provides guidance on topics for new investors from Washington State Department of Financial Institutions in partnership with Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

See specific pamphlet: Five Keys to Investing Success

Investing for Your Future
Study guide for course on investing.  See specific chapters for useful charts and planning tools:

YahooFinance.com

See specific YahooFinance tools and articles: 

Books:

Personal Finance for Dummies by Eric Tyson
332.024 TYSON 2006
Current, goal-oriented information without naming specific investment funds.  See especially:

  • Chapter 3: Building Wealth with Wise Investing including:
  • Chapter 8: Important Investment Concepts. Chapter 9: Understanding Your Investment Choices.
  • Chapters 10-14: Types of investments & goals.

Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing by Kenneth M. Morris
332.632 Morris 2004

Overview of all kinds of investments—stocks, bonds, money market, even commodities, how to track performance of each, and analyzing reports.