This database tutorial is for beginners. It explains basic concepts and assumes no prior knowledge of databases.

You don’t need to follow along – there aren’t any exercises. But there are plenty of screenshots and a few diagrams. The purpose of the tutorial is to introduce you to the basic concepts of databases.

This tutorial consists of two parts:

Database Tutorial (Part 1) – About Databases, Creating Databases, Tables

This article covers the following:

  • What is a database?
  • What is a Database Management System (DBMS)?
  • Types of databases
  • What does a relational database look like?
  • Creating a database
  • Creating tables
  • Data types

Database Tutorial (Part 2) – Relationships, Adding Data, Querying Databases

This article covers the following:

  • Relationships
  • The different ways of adding data to a database
  • Querying a database

A fast reader could probably finish this tutorial in 10 minutes. But take your time, it’s important that you understand the concepts presented, as they are fundamental concepts in the world of databases.

Once you’ve finished this tutorial, you can move on to a more specific database tutorial, such as the Microsoft Access tutorial.