Database terminology

  • Created by: skyblue97
  • Created on: 24-04-14 11:35


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


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