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Digital Research

This guide provides an overview of tips, support, and resources available to complete digital research projects at American University.

Data Visualization Basics

Data visualization involves presenting data through graphic means like charts and graphs. These visual representations of data allow readers to quickly see and comprehend trends and relationships in the data. When creating data visualizations, it's essential to be transparent about where the data comes from and who collected it, and to avoid misleading visualization choices.

Data Visualization Tools

R is an open-source software program for statistical analysis that has the ability to create beautiful graphics. The webinar below demonstrates how to use R for data visualization.

Tableau is a visual analytics software designed for creating engaging visualizations. It has an easy-to-learn drag-and-drop interface. Licenses are not yet available through AU but pricing for individuals is reasonable. The tutorial below is an in-depth guide to what the tool can do. (Alternatively, Tableau Public is a free version of the tool that is open and publicly available and allows for the creation of some interactive data visualizations from a spreadsheet or file.)

Gephi is a free graph visualization tool that is most often used for the analysis and visualization of networks. The tutorial below introduces this tool.