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Part VI: Managing Data with Microsoft Access > Getting Started with Databases

Chapter 17. Getting Started with Databases

The word database is one of those intimidating, techno-speak words that seem to suggest that you’d need a lab coat, a pocket protector, and a computer science degree to understand its meaning. Not so. A base of data is simply a collection of information, organized around a specific topic. That list of your top 10 favorite tennis shoes is a form of database. The donor list of the American Red Cross is also a database. The parts inventory at your local car repair shop, the names and addresses in your Rolodex, even the pile of bills sitting on your kitchen counter—are all forms of databases, collections of information related to a specific topic.

This chapter will help you get comfortable with the necessary practicalities of databases and show you how to create your first simple database in Microsoft Access.


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