Skip to main content

Data Visualization

Librarian for Digital Research and Scholarship

Zoe Borovsky's picture
Zoe Borovsky
phone: 310-825-4954

COVID-19: Library Information, Resources, & Print Access


As part of UCLA's transition to remote instruction, and the Library's necessary decision to close all Library locations, access to print resources and special collections is not available. Please take advantage of electronic resources such as ebooks and article databases. The UCLA community can connect to these online resources off-campus via the VPN or proxy server. Interlibrary loan is still available for electronic journal articles; however, ebooks cannot be borrowed on interlibrary loan. You can also temporarily access digitized print books via HathiTrust, although you cannot download or print these books--only do screenshots.

The library is also extending access to our print collection beyond what's available in HathiTrust through the Pilot Emergency Temporary Digititzation on Request Service (PETDOR). Please review the PETDOR FAQ for guidance on using this service. 

For help with any of our resources, please schedule an appointment with a librarian (audio/video Zoom appointments available), contact your subject librarian directly, or use our 24/7 chat service.    


Data Visualization: a Quick Guide

This guide is designed to show you how to...

  • Find free, open data sets on the Internet
  • Understand the tools available online
  • Decide how to visualize your data

You can also view data visualizations created by other universities, as well as infographics and visualizations that take forms beyond the classic chart or graph!

Presenting data in a visual way can make your research more engaging. Data visualization is the term for information collected and expressed in the form of an image, chart, graph, plot, cloud, tree or other graphical means. Visualizing data makes it more comprehensible, as well. The expression does not have to be complicated; pie charts, line plots and bar graphs are all popular, effective methods of data visualization.

Other forms of information can be expressed as images, as well. This is known as an infographic, or information visualization.

This guide provides an overview of popular data visualization tools on the web, resources for open data, and more tools to help you create your own data visualization.

Below: A vintage graphic depicting library call numbers for patrons.

Library how-to visualization