What Is A Database?
In order to understand databases, you will look at some online ones, make an Inspiration diagram to show that you know what a database is, and then make a database of your favorite movies.
this 1st: First of all, open another browser window and from the Research Engine take a look at the online reference databases. As you do searches, use a word processing document to list key words that describe what a database is by figuring out how it works and its purpose.
Now go to Amazon and do some searches. Again, as you search, use a word processing document to list key words that describe what a database is by figuring out how it works and its purpose. In order to make your list of key words, you also should open AppleWorks/File New Database.
this 2nd: Make an Inspiration Diagram. (30 points)
- Open a new Inspiration document and do the following: Type your first and last name. (24 pt./unique icon/not connected)
- Change Main Idea to Database (24 pt./unique icon)
- Choose at least five critical words or short phrases to connect to Database. Open Appleworks and open the help menu. Choose "Organizing Information, Databases" and from the categories given choose your five critical words or short phrases. (18 pt./same icons)
- Make a separate bubble for the title: Database Definitions (36 pt./unique icon/not connected)
- Go to World Book Online Reference Center and type database into the Search Dictionary box. Copy and paste the definition of database into a bubble in your Inspiration document. (18 pt./unique icon) Along with the five critical words, connect the definition to the Database bubble.
- Open another browser tab and go to Citation Maker. Make a works cited for World Book. (Use the worksheet below for help in making your citation. Copy and paste the citation (18 pt./unique icon) into your Inspiration document and attach it to the definition from World Book.
- Worksheet for World Book Citation: Click on:
- (Skip Author Name.)
* Article Title: Database
* Title of Web Page: World Book Online Reference Center: Dictionary
* Sponsoring Organization/Institution: World
- (Skip Date Posted)
* Date Accessed: (Type today's date.)
* Full URL: http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/dict?lu=a&cl=3
* Click on Create Citation Below green link.
* Click on Save All blue link.
* Copy and paste the citation into your Inspiration document.
- Make sure your document is organized and prettiful.
- Have a friend check your Inspiration document to make sure you have included all the requirements.
When finished, print and turn in for a grade.
this 3rd: Bread Crumb #2--EBSCO Directory path
Become familiar with the EBSCO database by doing Bread Crumb #2.
When finished, print and turn in for a grade.
Do this 4th:
My Movies Database Project
* The purpose of this project is to create your own database. You will be using AppleWorks database to list at least 25 movies that you have seen and enjoy. If you don't have 25 favorite movies, then you may also include movies that you want to see.
* In order to do the project, you will use two Web based databases: Netfilx and Internet Movie Database. You will need to use these two Web sites because your AppleWorks database will have more information than just titles.
* After you finish creating your movies database, you need to sort it alphabetically by title, print it, number the titles with a pencil, and then turn it in for a grade.
My Movies Database Guidelines
of 25 movies.
- Minimum of five genres, such as Action, Animation, Classic,
Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Musical,
Suspense, Thriller, and Western
- Eight data fields for each record: Title, Genre, Rating,
Actor, Actress, Director, Year, and Tagline (Taglines can be found at the Internet Movie Database.)
- You may add movies with any rating (G, PG, PG-13, and R) that you are allowed to watch. Also, choose movies with school appropriate titles and taglines.
- Capitalize data field categories, names, and titles.
- Data must be specific
- Do not begin titles with a, an, or the.
- For actors, actresses, and directors put last name first: Last name, comma, space, first name
- Include Header: My Movies By
- When finished entering data, sort by title.
- Spell check before printing and turning in for a grade.
Steps in Starting My Movies Database:
- Open two other browser windows besides this one: Netflix and Internet
- Open an AppleWorks database document.
- Type the word Title for first field name in the Define Database Fields window. (Make sure to capitalize Title.) Click on Create.
- Type Genre, Rating, Actor, Actress, Director, Year, and Tagline for the other field names. (Make sure to capitalize the field names.)
- Click on the Done button in the Define Database Fields window.
- Fill in the data for your first movie in the eight data fields for record one.
- Name the document My Movies and save to your space on the server. (Save now rather than waiting until you are finished typing all 25 movie records.)
- In the Format Menu and choose Insert Header. In the Header of the database type My Movies By (your first and last name). Change the font to 24 point, not bold.
- When finished typing the data for your first movie in the eight data fields for record one, go to the Edit Menu and choose New Record (or use the keyboard shortcut Apple Key/R).
- If you need to correct a typing error in one of the records, click to the right of the field names to make the record active. If you need to correct one of the fields, go to the Layout drop down menu and choose Define Fields.
- Netflix might not have complete information for all of the data fields for a particular movie that you have chosen. Complete information and taglines can be found at the Internet Movie Database.
- Tagline refers to a phrase you would see on a movie poster or a quote from one of the charactrers. One of the most famous taglines of all is from Terminator: "I'll be back." Don't worry if a long tagline doesn't fit into the first line of the tagline field.
- After you have typed all 25 records, check to make sure that Actors, Actresses, and Directors are entered last name first: Last name, comma, space, first name (Clooney, George)
- After you have typed all 25 records, check to make sure that none of the titles begin with a, an, or the.
- Go the the Organize Menu and choose Sort Records. In the Sort Records dialog box that pops up, click on Title in the Field List, and then click on the Move button. Title will appear in the Sort Order. Make sure that the Ascending Order radio button is chosen, so that your movie database in sorted in alphabetical order from A to Z.
- Spell check and print.
- After printing your movie database, use a pencil to number the 25 records. (This makes it easier to grade.)
Check the Grade
Guide to make sure that your database has all required elements and is formatted correctly. When finished, print and turn in for a grade.