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The following book list is provided as an aid to groups or individuals planning to take one of our courses. Hopefully, it will prove useful to others as well. We are an affiliate and you may purchase your books through this site.We have marked especially recommended books with an *; top choices with **. Our recommendations are based on value for money. We will be updating this list for Acess 2010 this Spring.

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The following visual type books by Microsoft Press cover the material in our beginning classes. They are inexpensive and you may want to purchase copies for ready reference after class.

Frye, Curtis (2001)
* Microsoft Access 2002 Plain and Simple. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press. ISBN 0-7356-1454-7. [ a simple, visual type book. Good for beginners. We chose this book because it has the broadest topic coverage of the "visual" type books we looked at. Note there is no 2003 version. The 2002 version will do fine.]

Frye, Curtis (2007)
* Microsoft Access 2007 Plain and Simple. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press. ISBN 0-7356-2292-2. [ updated for 2007 and still an excellent choice.]

Frye, Curtis (2010) * Microsoft Access 2010 Plain and Simple. Redmond, WA: Microsoft Press. ISBN 978-0-7356-2730-7. [ updated for 2010 and still a good choice but does not cover macros.]


In addition we recommend that each organization or group have a copy of the following (or equivalent) available for their use (or the 2007 version). It is an excellent intermediate level reference.


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Prague, Cary N., Michael R. Irwin and Jennifer Reardon (2004) ** Access 2003 Bible. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing. ISBN 0-7645-3986-8. [ the, well, bible for Microsoft Access. Very thorough reference at the intermediate level. Good for both users and developers. If you are going to be using Access extensively you should have this book. Groups taking our classes should own a copy of this book or its equivalent. ] Buy this book at


Related book lists: The following book lists on this site may prove of interest as well: MS Access Macros, MS Access SQL and Relational Database Design. Or, use the search box below. (Note: the box has been preloaded for books, keyword Microsoft Access; but it is a "live" search box and you can change this with your own category or keywords.)

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