On this page you'll find information about and links to library resources and tools that may help you in this course. Included is information about the Maps, Data & Government Information Centre, Data Analysis & Visualization tools, tips for keyword searching and finding qualitative research, tips for managing your searches and results, and links to library tutorials.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the library: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) is a major resource for all students. The unit serves as the campus centre for geospatial and statistical data, providing all disciplines with data sets from diverse government agencies and commercial publishers. Please visit the MaDGIC website for a list of resources.
Please note, we are currently closed for walk-in services or browsing of physical stacks. As part of the phased reopening of the Library, MaDGIC staff are working from home.
We are monitoring our email ticket system Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We also welcome you to join our virtual drop-in Zoom sessions:
To attend a drop-in session, you'll find a Zoom link in the Events Calendar by first signing in to MyTrent. Search for 'MaDGIC' and limit the results to Events Calendar. If you are unable to attend the drop-in times, we are also available for a scheduled Zoom consultation by emailing us at email@example.com.
The Data Visualization Lab provides faculty and students with a range of state-of-art tools, including advanced computers, spatial and statistical software, and 3D and VR analysis and display technologies. Some of these tools include ArcGIS, ArcGIS StoryMaps, Adobe Creative Cloud, NVivo and Tableau (including Tableau Prep). These facilities and the consultation services provided by the Lab, support a community of users drawn from a range of disciplines - from archaeology to conservation biology, environmental science to sociology - that together seek to understand and interpret the spatial patterns found throughout nature and society.
There are several tools available for data analysis and data visualization. Some are open access and some are commercial resources. If you're interested in using tools normally available at the workstations in the Data Visualization Lab, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for remote options.
NVivo is a software that provides the ability to store, organize, categorize, analyze, and visualize date all in one platform. It has been designed for data analysis and data visualization in qualitative and mixed-methods research. It accomodates a wide range of research methods, including:
It supports a wide range of data formats, including:
Tableau Desktop is a software that allows you to import data and apply a number of different transformations to that data, and eventually create a number of different visualizations. Tableau desktop is capable of complex data modeling and a wide variety of visualization outputs including graphs, plots, maps, etc. Furthermore, Tableau can compose multiple visualizations together and add interactive elements like filters, point-and-click functionality, etc.
From the company's website - "Tableau Prep changes the way traditional data prep is performed in an organization. By providing a visual and direct way to combine, shape and clean data, Tableau Prep makes it easier for analysts and business users to start their analysis, faster. Tableau Prep is comprised of two products: Tableau Prep Builder for building your data flows, and Tableau Prep Conductor for scheduling, monitoring and managing flows across the organization."
The links below are to helpful guides from other universities for data analysis and visualization.
To narrow your search to Qualitative research articles you need to think about the keywords related to the questions this type of research seeks to answer and the methodologies.
Tracking your searches helps you to avoid unnecessary repetition in your searching and can save you valuable research time. Below are some tips to help you track your searches:
Consider logging your searches including information about:
A table or worksheet can be useful way to log your searches. See a brief example in the Word document linked below. This could also be done in an Excel worksheet.
Printing/saving database search strategies
Some databases have options to print or save the text of your search strategy to a Word, Rich Text, or PDF document. If a database doesn't have this option you can try copying and pasting the text or snipping an image of your strategy. To permanently save search strategies so that you can create an alert or run them again at a later date, you normally need to have an account in that database. See the tutorials below about how to to do this in platforms on which many of our databases are provided.
Managing your results