I'm trying to get my RPi hooked up to the internet. I can't plug it directly into my router but I was thinking about making a bridge between the pi and my laptop. I'm on win7 with no knowledge of Linux but eager to learn, help please.
You have nothing special to do on the Linux side. Just configure Internet Connexion Sharing in Windows, and run a crossed ethernet cable from the Pi to your Windows box (unless your ethernet port has autosensing, in which case a regular, straight, ethernet cable will work).
If you're using wifi, you're better off buying a wifi dongle for the Pi.