ERIC Number: ED261646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Microcomputers: Data Base Management Software. Evaluation Guide Number 7.
Gray, Peter J.
This manual on microcomputer-based database management programs provides a description of the key characteristics of database software as well as guidelines for designing a database, uses of database programs, and selecting the right software. Three sets of concepts related to database management are listed and explained: creating a database, using a database management system, and generating reports from the information in a database. Specific directions elaborate on each concept, i.e., generating a master list of fields for use as a guide to selecting an appropriate software program, use of default systems, search strategies, and use of four different formats in creating a report (page format, data format, sort format, and select format). A six-step process is recommended for designing a database: (1) determine goals; (2) specify the data needed; (3) design the reports; (4) set up the database; (5) revise; and (6) pilot test. A list of eight sample uses for database programs includes: personnel records, study participant records, test item banks, equipment and supply logs, contact and activity logs, financial statements, consultant records, and references in the literature. A seven-step process is also suggested for evaluating individual software programs. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Research on Evaluation Program.