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Ureldes.doc shows you how to plan and design a database from the ground up. For practical examples, it uses the database design of the Northwind Traders sample database included in the Microsoft Access package.

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The table of contents of Ureldes.doc is as follows:
   The database design process
      Steps in designing a database
      Common design problems
   Determining the purpose
   Determining the tables you need
   Determining the fields you need
      Tips for determining fields
      Primary key fields
   Determining the relationships
   Refining the design
   Additional reading and practice
NOTE: Microsoft offers a WebCast that discusses the basics of database normalization. To view this WebCast, please visit the following Microsoft Web site:


Article ID: 164172 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 4.3
  • Microsoft Access 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition
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