A database is a collection of data or information which is held together in an organised or logical way.
An example of a paper-based database is the Yellow Pages directory.
An example of a computerised database is a search engine like Google.
A computerised database can:
- hold a vast amount of data
- be very fast to search for a record
- be easily amended or updated
- store records safely
- easily search for a specific criteria
A paper-based database can:
- only hold what can be stored in a limited physical space
- take a long time to manually search through records
- look untidy because changes have to be done manually
- easily lose or misfile records
A database is suitable to store information because:
- vast amounts of info can be stored
- queries can be run to search for specific records or groups of records
- reports can be produced from the data stored or queries run
- information can be extracted from the database and exported into a word processing package for mail merging.
A database table stores data and information for a particular category.
A record is all of the data or information about one…