"Understanding Relational Database Design" document is available in Download Center

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For a Microsoft Access 2000 version of this article, see 234208 .


The Reldes.doc Word document shows you how to plan and design a database from the ground up. For practical examples, it uses the database design of the Northwind Traders sample database included in Microsoft Access 2002.

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The Table of Contents of Reldes.doc is as follows:

The database design process
Steps in designing a database
Common design problems
Determining the purpose
Determining the tables you need
Determining the fields you need
Tips for determining fields
Primary key fields
Determining the relationships
Refining the design
Additional reading and practice
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