A terminal from which information can be retrieved from a database. Generally the terminal has a display and a keyboard, but there may
also be ancillary devices such as a badge reader. The user makes the inquiry
via the keyboard either in the form of a question
in plain text or by indicating a selection from a menu on the display. The
display will show a series of possible selections that successively narrow the
field of search. An inquiry station may also update information as the result of
an action arising from an inquiry. An airline booking terminal is an example of
an inquiry station. See also interrogation.