can someone give me instructions on how to rig?

Hi, i’m new to blender and am having some trouble getting used to it. I need some help on how to rig a character so that I can animate it.
I appreciate any tips, but would really like some step by step procedures.
thanks

Rigging Specifically:
http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/BSoD/Introduction_to_Rigging
Character Animation:
http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/BSoD/Introduction_to_Character_Animation