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Get to know Access

Introduction to databases
Learn about the structure and benefits of a Microsoft® Access database, and become familiar with ways to get data into and out of one.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and three practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will know about:

  • The difference between a database and a list.
  • Tables, fields, records, and primary keys.
  • Four main items, called objects, that most databases contain.

Do you want to manage sales and inventory numbers? Student records for a school? Or perhaps your home collection of DVDs, CDs, and videotapes?

A database can help you enter data easily, find it quickly, use it to create labels or mailings, and summarize it in printed and online reports. This course will help you understand the benefits and structure of an Access database.

To learn more about this course, you can read the overview in the center of this page or the detailed table of contents in the left column.

Click the Next button to start the first lesson.

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