In This Chapter
Discovering the basic concepts of a database
Creating a database
Entering and editing database records
A database is a collection of structured data — that is, data in a consistent format. For example, an address book is a database, as is a catalog of items for sale, because the same facts are stored about each instance.
You can store structured data in Excel, but in many cases, the size and complexity of a database make Excel an impractical tool for it. Microsoft Access is a better choice when you have multiple tables of data and when you need to sort and manipulate that data in several different ways.
In this chapter, you discover some basics about databases, and you find out how to use Microsoft Access to create and store a simple database.
Access is a popular application for creating and managing small to medium databases. This ...