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Chapter 27. Database Basics > What Is a Database and Why Use One?

What Is a Database and Why Use One?

A database is a collection of data of some kind. For example, you might create a database of clients, products, product components, or something more mundane, such as your DVD collection or recipe collection.

An Access database is a relational database. A relational database stores information in tables, which are sets of data stored in rows and columns. The columns represent the individual fields, and the rows represent records. Figure 27.1 shows a simple database in Access.


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