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Chapter 5. Analyzing Data with Microsoft Access > Connecting to External Data

Connecting to External Data

Some of the data analysis you’ll conduct in Access might require you to bring external data into Access first. Access provides two ways to retrieve external data: importing and linking. Data that you import is copied from the original data source, and changes you make to the imported data in Access are not reflected in the original data source. Linked data remains in the original data source, and changes you make to the linked data in Access are carried through to the original data.

You should import data when


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