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SAGE Research Methods: Data Visualization

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Coming Spring 2021

SAGE Research Methods: Data Visualization

SAGE Research Methods: Data Visualization will teach both beginner and advanced researchers the fundamentals of data and design necessary to create impactful visualizations. Principles will be taught through a series of practical video tutorials, text entries, and practice datasets, and will teach users which chart types best fit their specific data story.

Researchers increasingly grapple with complex or big data and need to present their data in an understandable, easy to interpret, and informative way to disseminate their research successfully. Mastering the skills and techniques of data visualization—the art and science of presenting data in a graphical format—is therefore key for any researcher. It enables them to communicate their data with impact so that audiences can grasp difficult concepts or identify new patterns and relationships easily.

Content & Features

  • A data viz gallery introducing a spectrum of chart types across five categories of visualizations—categorical, hierarchical, temporal, spatial, and network—complete with both presentation tips and annotated examples of bad practice.
  • Approximately 30 hours of video tutorials with experienced researchers, each sharing why they chose the particular visualization to answer their research question and demonstrating how they created it in their chosen software.
  • Clean datasets, accompanied by step-by-step guides on how to create a particular visualization using a variety of tools, that will let users put their skills into practice.
  • Overviews of 75 visualization tools, from Excel to Python, to help researchers determine the best tool for their needs.

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