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"Microsoft Access can help you manage your data in ways that no other application can"
Access is probably the least well-known application in the MS Office suite. It is however incredibly useful for a small number of student/staff researchers who need to store and manage large amounts of related data.
Many people start using Access when the program that they are using to keep track of something gradually becomes less fit for the task. For students and researchers, it may be that you need a bespoke system to store your research data, timetable, participant list or budget.
Features and benefits of Access
Microsoft Access is a relational database with the following benefits:
Information can be kept in separate tables for ease of use.
Tables can be linked via shared fields.
Data duplication is avoided.
Easy to find information.
Easy to sort information.
Easy to filter information.
Information in several tables can be queried at once.
Getting started with Microsoft Access 2016
This tutorial is freely available on Youtube and is an excellent introduction to Access 2016:
Online resources and tutorials
General getting started guide
To get started with Microsoft Access, check our the following page on the Microsoft Office website:
Every table in Access is made up of fields. The properties of a field describe the characteristics and behavior of data added to that field. A field's data type is the most important property because it determines what kind of data the field can store.