There are a lot of free resources out there for real estate investors, so novices shouldn't hesitate to read and learn as much as possible. Here are a few good links for new investors:
Real Estate Forms - leases, disclosures, rental applications, and a lot more
Investor's Tutorial - Easy step by step breakdown of the basics of real estate investment
State-Specific Lease Agreements - custom legal language for your state & municipality
Craigslist - free rental listings
About.com - free forums and articles for landlords
Good luck, and remember that you're not alone, there are plenty of other investors willing to talk and help.