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Data Visualization

What is Data Visualization?

Data visualization is presenting data in a visual or graphical format. Charts, graphs, word clouds are some of the examples of data visualiation

Before you visualize your data...

ask yourself...

  • What type of data are you working with?
  • What information are you trying to provide?
  • Will there be any extra explanation for the visualization? (either oral or textual)
  • Are a number of different types of graphics relevant to your data?
  • Keep all visualizations clear and to the point. Having too much information on one can cause confusion.
  • Sketch out the visualization before using your selected software.

Source: George Mason Libraries Libguides

“Graphical elegance is often found in simplicity of design and complexity of data.” 

Types of Data Visualization

Not sure what visualization type is best for your data? Some sites to assist you with that decision:


Data Visualization Guides

There are many many many guides on data visualization. And many many many of them compiled by librarians! Here are some for you to explore: