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A database is a collection of information organized so that a software package can quickly find, sort, and organize data. It's like an electronic filing system for information. A database management system program allows users to create, access, and share data and information with others.

Address books, recipe files, and inventories are good examples of databases. A database is organized into fields (categories with pieces of information), records (information on one set of fields), and files (a collection of records). For example, in an address file, a person's information is stored in a record and the phone number would be a field.

Database Software. Many software packages can be used to create databases. Filemaker Pro is the most popular tool for database management. Available for both Mac and Windows, this powerful program is relatively easy to use. Some users prefer to use a less powerful tool such as Microsoft Access or an integrated package such as Appleworks.

Use the following off-site resources to learn more about database software:

Filemaker Pro

Microsoft Access

Database Design. Many techniques can be used in the design of databases. The following resources will help you learn more about databases and database design.

Web Databases. Many people want to share information within their institution or around the world. By uploading the database to a website, it can be easily accessed by others.



Funding for this project was provided through a grant from Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) from the US Department of Education.
Principal Investigators
Dr. Berhane Teclehaimanot, Principal Investigator & Assistant Professor, College of Education

Created 2/03. Last Updated 4/06.