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Data Visualization: Getting Started with Tableau

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Jessica Vanderhoff
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Downtown Campus Library
Office of the Dean

West Virginia University
1549 University Ave.
Morgantown, WV 26506
973-865-0172 (Cell)
Subjects: Economics, Hospitality

About Tableau

Tableau is a software company that makes a suite of software for creating and publishing data visualizations including Tableau Public, Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server, and Tableau Prep.  

WVU Students & Faculty: Tableau offers a one year free subscription to Tableau Desktop for accredited institutions. 

Tableau for Students Program

Tableau for Teaching Program (Individual License & Course Software Available)  

Tableau Public (Note: Public is a free version of the Tableau platform. To save your work, you must upload visualizations to Tableau's cloud-based Tableau Public service. If you wish to prevent data from being public and freely accessible, you will want to use the full-featured Tableau Desktop software).

Tableau Reader (Note: Reader is free desktop application that you can use to open and interact with data visualizations built in Tableau Desktop. Filter, drill down and discover). 

Tableau Desktop Certification 

The process usually takes ~2 business days.

How can I learn more about Tableau?

Videos and Tutorials 


Browse all WVUL books on Tableau here.

Need data to visualize? Navigate to the Data Sources tabs in the upper left corner of this page. For sample data from Tableau click here