MLCS is a good site to see router profiles (what shapes they make), but personally, I would rather see you start out at the library, going over books by Bill Hylton (personal one I would start with is Woodworking with the router), or Pat Warner (googling him can find his site). This site seems to be based at some point around a tv show the Router Workshop, but I don't have access to it, and while they have some video's on thewoodworkingchannel.com, the last time I tried it on my computer, it wasn't Linux compatible. (can't view or recommend since I don't know where to start with them).
Now, not knowing if one should use a router table, free hand router, tablesaw, guided saw system, etc, is all really a matter of choice on what your trying to do, and do you feel safe doing it, and do you have the tool. An example is tenon's; they can be done with any of the above methods, just different ways (how you hold the workpiece, and feel safe doing it).