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Build your own database
Jacsó, Péter.
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Chicago : American Library Association, 1999.
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xi, 163 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Includes index.
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QA76.9.D26 J33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
QA76.9.D26 J33 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this work, the authors demonstrate how to create quality in databases. They offer advice on: designing content with consideration of domain of coverage, accessibility, currency, critical mass, and other criteria; constructing databases with retrievability of useful information in mind; comparing the different types of database software with specific examples of those commonly used in libraries; and how to select the best tool. Guidance is also provided on strategies for indexing data, and how software features affect the structure of data, the handling of multiple record types, template design for easy updates, and other database capabilities.

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Library Journal Review

This book's stated objective is "to explain what makes a database `good.' " Jacs¢ (information and computer sciences, Univ. of Hawaii) and Lancaster (GSLIS, Univ. of Illinois) fulfill their goal, providing a thorough analysis of what to consider when developing a database. The book is divided into two sections: the first addresses database content and organization, while the second, longer section covers characteristics and capabilities of database management software. Specific functions, e.g., record structure, searching, are described and discussed, with comments about how to evaluate implementations of each function in database programs. Several software packages, including library automation and bibliographic management programs, are presented as examples. Written for librarians and others with little previous database-building experience, this offers a solid introduction. Recommended.ÄJanet Crum, Oregon Health Sciences Univ. Lib., Portland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.