As part of the sign-up process, I ask users to briefly explain why they are joining. Is it possible through some sort of SQL Query to extract this and only this information from the database, in a format that would be relatively readable and not just some huge string of text? I'm broadly aware of SQL statements, although have never used them. Presumably I just need to do something like: SELECT MyColumn FROM MyTable My userfield is called "referral", so how is this referenced in the database? Equally, what is the table name I need to use? Sorry, I appreaciate this is basic stuff, but I've never played around with MySQL beyond setting up databases for scripts to use.