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Introduction to Data Visualization

A beginner's guide to data visualization tools and techniques.

Learn R

As an open source programming language, there is a huge amount of educational resources available through the library and also on the web. Below is a list of Evans Library resources, as well as a list of unafiliated learning resources available online. 

This ggplot2 Cheat Sheet is offered by the developers of ggplot2 for a quick reference guide on the many options for creating visualizations with the ggplot2 library. 

Learn Python

Like R, there are many learning tools available for building strong visualizaiton skills in Python. Below is a list of some useful resources.


Evans Library has offered a Tableau workshop in the past. Here are the slides and a recording of the workshop. 

Tableau Workshop Slides

The Tableau developers also offer a vast assortment of high-quality training videos freely available on their website. A link to the videos is provided below: 

Tableau also offers a top-notch educational blog to help users learn visualization -- Tableau Blog


Online Courses

Data Visualization with Class Central: Class Central offers a list of online data visualization courses taught by online learning organizations like Udacity, as well as accredited universities. 

Data Visualization with Edx offers courses in visualization developed by educational institutions and technology-focused organizations that can be completed free of charge. Students who enroll in these courses also have the option to receive a certificate of completion for a one-time fee. Many of these courses are self-paced, allowing learners to move through the materials at a pace that suits their comfort level and familiarity with the subject.

Udacity also offers a few free courses for learning data visualization.


Blogs are a great way to stay informed on the latest trends and prominent work in the field. There are many blogs on the web focused on data visualization. These are just a few of our favorites.