How:Getting Started

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In this article we cover the basics of Memento that will get you started. We do this under three levels. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. However, no matter the level you wish to start with, the first thing one should do is create a plan on paper, an outline of what you want to accomplish with your database.

So, your first decision is whether to create your database from the Online Catalog or to start from Scratch. See - How:Add a Library No matter the choice you make, whether to create from Scratch or from the Online Catalog, one will still need to create a plan. A blueprint if you will, so let’s do that first.

Let’s say you are an avid reader and have a library of books. You want to keep track of books you have read, books you’ve loaned out to family, and books you want to purchase or obtain from your local library.

Your Blueprint: Give your library a name: My Books Decide on names for your fields (this is the information you wish to track) and provide a brief description of how the data will be entered: See - Field Type Series Number - An integer field to enter the number of the series. Series name - A text field to enter the name of the series. Title - A text field to enter the name of the book. Author - A text field to enter the name of the author. Genre - A multiple choice list to choose the genre: Horror, Fantasy, Thriller, SciFi, Medical Thriller, Cookbook, Health, Mystery, Finance, Crime Fiction, Legal Fiction Short Description - A text field to enter the books introduction. Lent To? - A contact field which links to a person in your devices contact app. Lent On - A date field to enter the date the book was lent out. Rating - A rating field to rate the book from 1 star to 5 star. Obtained From - A single choice list to choose from a defined list of options: Library, Local Store, Online, My Bookshelf Price - A currency field to track value of the library. Status - A single choice list to to define a book as Read, Unread, Want Book Cover - An image field for book covers. Barcode - A barcode field to record a books ISBN.