Search for Database Tables (Files) and Columns (Fields)

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Database Inquiry


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Access this screen by selecting Tool #332: Database Search Assistant.

This is the landing page of the screens used to search for specific tables (files) and columns (fields) from among your CU*BASE member and other data. It is designed as a companion to the CU*BASE Report Builder (IBM Query) product, to help you locate where the data that you need to analyze can be found.

A Word About Files and Fields vs. Columns and Tables

While both Table/File and Column/Field refer to the same mechanism, CU*Answers will begin to shift our terminology towards Table/Column, beginning with the Database Search Assistant tool. This change helps modernize and more accurately describe the way that data moves through CU*BASE, and brings our language on par with the Query structure. Keep on the lookout for additional places that will be updated to use this new phrasing.

Performing Searches

Search for either a Column (Field) or Table (File) containing your search criteria in the Name or the Description by using the search bar at the top of the page. You can select to Show exact matches only when entering the exact Table or Column name in the search box, but use caution - no partial matches will appear. You can also use the Jump to table name starting with box to search the list alphabetically for Tables, for example entering MEMBER will return all results beginning with MEMBER1, and continued alphabetically.

Commonly Used Tables (Files)

To learn more about commonly used CU*BASE Tables (Files)  that may help in selecting the Tables you need even faster, access the Commonly-Used Tables (Files) topic in the CU*BASE online help.

Navigating the Database Search Assistant

Under the Action tab, the button will launch you to this screen to view more information about the database table (file).

Using the button will launch you to this screen to view the Column (Field) Names and Descriptions, as well as any additional information such as length, decimal digits, etc. Using the button from within the page will direct you to this screen for more information on the specific Column (Field) it is attached to.

Using the button you can add a note to the table (file) and at the column (field) level. To add a notation to the file, click the button to reveal a screen where the note can be added.  A check in the CU Notes column indicates that a note has been added.  This can then be changed by anyone who has access to the tool.  

A check in the View column indicates that this is a view-only table.


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