any tips/resources on getting started in shooting in raw?
Yes, just start shooting RAW in confidence! I started shooting RAW myself only a little over a year ago and man does it make a difference. A easy setup that worked for me was to use Adobe Lightroom instead of DPP. I find it has more options, better noise reduction and better picture library capability.
I actually spend less time working on my RAW image than before using only JPG. I use custom presets in Lightroom such that every I import pictures I apply a certain sets of action to my pictures. After that I only need to apply minor correction as I review them, but it is so much better!
Just to get the correct white balance alone it is worth shooting in RAW...anyway. For me Lightroom worked, but I did start with DPP to get into it. Try it out, and try downloading a few software in trial version to see which you prefer. Good luck.