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These exercises have been provided to help students learn about library services and researching. They may be used by an instructor as an assignment.

Exercise: Understanding Databases

Create an electronic database from a non-electronic source

Learning Objective: Transfer information in a non-electronic source into an electronic database of your own making.

Think about what other types of databases there are besides electronic ones (phone book, rolodex, yellow pages, etc). Choose one for use in this exercise.

Investigate the database and decide what fields you would need to describe the contents. In a word processing program make a simple table using 10 records from the database you investigated. That would give you a table with 10 rows and the appropriate number of fields to properly describe the contents within.

Print out and submit your work to your instructor if required.

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