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Article ID: 234208 - Last Review: August 9, 2004 - Revision: 1.0

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For a Microsoft Access 97 version of this article, see 164172  ( ) .
For a Microsoft Access 2002 version of this article, see 283698  ( ) .


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 2000.

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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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