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sql command to rename a field once query results are displayed

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i have been able to rely on ms access for years, but job duties are getting a bit more cumbersome and trying to delve into the sql world.  in access all you have to do to rename a field name in the query setup is "new field name":"current field name" - basically monkey work.  how is it done in an sql statment?  for instance if the field in quest is "run_yr_mo" and is sourced from a table call "mtgmgr.acct.mstr" and i want the field name to display as "DATE" when the query results are returned, what is the command sequence?  help features seem to indicate the following:
SELECT MTGMGR.ACCT_ACCTMSTR.RUN_YR_MO as [DATE] . . .
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Patrick Matthews earned 25 total points
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The sample above is how it's done: if you want to override the original column name, just follow it in the
select clause with AS TheNameYouWant.  Access does the same thing, except that the nice friendly
GUI hides the SQL being generated behind the scenes...
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You can use AS to alias all sorts of objects which will make them easier to reference, and your code easier to read.

Therefore you could have

SELECT mainTable.run_yr_mo AS Date
FROM mtgmgr.acct.mstr AS mainTable
ORDER BY Date

Notice that once a field is aliased you can then ORDER the results by the alias
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