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The following are database books we have drawn from in preparing our database training material. We will add to this list from time to time. Your comments on additional database books we should consider are welcome. Recommended books are marked with an *; strong recommendations with **. You will note there aren't many asterisks. These are mostly good books, but few jump out as must haves or especially good value. If you disagree or want to add a review, put a comment on our WebBoard (when it is re-enabled).


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Date, C. J. (1995) **Introduction to Database Systems. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-201-54329-X. [ a classic text with a computer science orientation - every serious database professional should own this book ] Buy this book at


Harrington, Jan L. (1998) Relational Database Design Clearly Explained. San Diego, CA: Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-326425-1. [ simple and straightforward ]


Harrington, Jan L. (2000) Object-Oriented Databases Clearly Explained. San Diego, CA: Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-326428-6.


Hay, David C. (1996) Data Model Patterns: Conventions of Thought. New York, NY: Dorset House. ISBN 0-932633-29-3. [ covers models for different industries and functions such as sales, personnel, manufacturing, etc. - good book and more or less unique, but gets rather abstract ]


Hernandez, Michael J. (1997) Database Design for Mere Mortals. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0201694719. [ generally well thought of. A practical book on database design covering many common issues such as table design, field names, etc. A good read for those doing their first few databases.] Buy this book at


Kroenke, David M., (2000) * Database processing: Fundamentals, Design and Implementation. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0-13-084816-6. [ widely used college level text in IT/IS - main text on which this course was based. Includes a CD-ROM with a trial edition of SQL Server 7.0 Coverage is contemporary and somewhat Microsoft oriented which is good for those doing front end work in Visual Basic. On the other hand some consider it a bit dry. But hey! It's a text book. Unfortunately it's very expensive.] Buy this book at,...


Simsion, Graham C.(2001) Data Modeling Essentials (2nd Edition). Scottsdale, AZ: Coriolis Group. ISBN 1-57610-872-4.


Teorey, Toby J. (1999) Database Modeling and Design (3rd Edition). San Diego, CA: Academic Press. ISBN 1-55860-500-2. [ intermediate level text. Covers some topics not often treated such as ternary relationships often found in project-skill-employee type situations and physical database design considerations. Writing is a bit dry, unsurprisingly for a textbook]


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