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COVID-19 update: New COVID-19 communications protocols, campus non-medical mask protocol

Limited Computers (29) and Study Spaces (45) on the 1st floor of the TFDL are available and must be booked. Book here.

We are now offering contactless pickup. Place requests for materials that you want from our library system. Pick them up when you receive an email.

Virtual service hours today: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You can return your books to the exterior book drop on the East side of the TFDL. More information on the Covid 19 page.

Visual Variables & Tableau

Source for Visual Variables & Tableau Workshop presentations/information



Developed through PhD research at Stanford, Tableau ( supports of variety of data formats and through simple interactions allows fast exploration to find the visualization most suited to the data. Additionally Tableau offers their desktop software free to post-secondary students. Get your copy at

Not a student?

Try the trial version free for 30 days from

Tableau Public is another free option (note that all data and visualizations are made public)

Contact us for details on other research options through the University of Calgary.

Upcoming Workshops at the HSL and the TFDL

This guide covers the basics (check back for updates).

Find more details and training options including videos and online training from Tableau at

Prefer a step by step tutorial? Check out the Tableau Starter-Kit at


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