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Find information on digital tools to analyse and visualise data and text.

Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) Competition

A gleaming gold winners trophy cup takes center stage, surrounded by a festive explosion of colorful celebration confetti and sparkling glitter, symbolizing victory and success in a competition

RMIT is thrilled to announce the 2024 Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) Competition

Create a 60-second, eye-catching video explaining your research to a general audience for a chance to win a cash prize. It is your opportunity to be creative, develop digital literacy and visual storytelling skills.

The first prize winner’s entry will also go into the international Visualise Your Thesis competition.

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About this guide

Digital collection, analysis, and presentation of research data are becoming almost universal in contemporary scholarship. This guide is intended as an introduction to a range of digital tools for research.

Use the navigation tabs on the left to select from the various classes of digital tools to assist with:

  • Text analysis and data mining
  • Statistical analysis
  • Data visualisation
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping
  • Presentations

If you require more advanced resources than those listed in this guide, there are many strategies you can use to locate additional materials such as:

  • Search LibrarySearch to locate guidebooks or manuals on a specific tool(s). 
  • Search LinkedIn Learning for tutorials about using digital tools. 
  • Visit company/owner websites to see if technical and training materials are available. 
  • Search for third-party resources; look for websites or video content that offer instructions and tips.
  • Locate online communities that are using the tools. Discussion boards such as Reddit or social media platforms may have active groups that are using digital tools and are willing to share expertise.

Note: RMIT University Library does not provide support for all of the tools listed in this guide. Where possible, training resources have been included to assist users. 

Some of the tools listed on this guide may require approval from IT Connect to download/install on an RMIT-owned device. 

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