Why catalogue collections?
Record information about items in a collection
Sort the information in a variety of ways
Share information thereby providing greater access to the collection
What is a database?
A structured set of data held in a computer, especially one that is accessible in a variety of ways
(from The Australian Oxford Dictionary)
How is information stored?
Information in databases is stored in fields
Indexes are used to retrieve the information
For example - Word indexes; Term indexes
How is information displayed?
Report forms are used to display the information contained in fields