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What Is a Database?

A database (or data list) is a collection of data. A phone book is a database. Your collection of cooking recipes is a database. Even your summer reading list can be considered a database.

A database is a collection of records, each of which consists of one or more field entries. In the case of a phone book, the field entries could be a person’s first name, last name, home phone number, work phone number, mailing address, e-mail address, and so on. All the information relating to a particular person composes a single record.


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