I'd suggest getting a simple book that covers the basic stitches and techniques. It's handy to have for reference. The internet of course has a wealth of information, there are even YouTube videos to teach you different techniques. For patterns, I usually go to Ravelry.com. You have to sign up to use their website, but you will be glad you did. Raverly is THE internet community for knitters and crocheters, and their pattern library is amazing!
When I was a kid I had learned the basic crochet stitch but quickly lost interest. I didn't really get my start with crochet until about a year ago when I saw a book of patterns my sister had of cute little stuffed animals and decided that I wanted to make some. My first project was a one night crash course in crochet. I started out by picking something I wanted to make, then I learned to read the pattern, what the stitches were, and how to actually make the stitches all at once. It probably would have been better, though, to practice the basic stitches until I developed the muscle memory to do them easily, then learn to work from a pattern. It also really helps if you have someone who can show you the basics. That's what's nice about the YouTube videos if you don't have a friend to show you. It's easier than trying to figure it out from a diagram alone.