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Novice: Requires knowledge of the user interface on single-user computers.

For a Microsoft Access 97 version of this article, see 164172.
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:
   Overview   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				
NOTE: Microsoft offers a WebCast that discusses the basics of database normalization. To view this WebCast, please visit the following Microsoft Web site:

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