A database provides
a way of organizing information so that you can easily find what
you are looking for. Some types of databases are:
The index of a book is a print index. It allows you to go quickly
to a topic in the book. A phone book is another type of print
We usually think of searchable electronic indexes and catalogs
when we refer to databases. Voyager, InfoTrac OneFile, and
ABI/Inform are examples of electronic databases. They let
you quickly go to a topic in books or periodicals.
an electronic database each article or book has its own record,
which provides information about it.
Each record is composed of individual pieces of information called
fields. Fields include such information as the author, title, publisher,
subject heading, etc. for that item. Each of these fields is a searchable
access point to the information.