Tableau: Getting Tableau and resources for learning about the software

Tableau Desktop is a data visualization software. Researchers use it to create static or interactive infographic views of datasets, present and share them in different ways: in print, via social media, and embed in blog and website.

Getting Tableau software

  To get a free one-year license of Tableau Desktop, check out the Tableau academic programs offers for students and instructors.

  Tableau Public is a free limited version of Tableau Desktop for users to create and share visualization online. As soon as a workbook is published to Tableau Public, the visualization is accessible by anyone on the internet, so be sure to only use data that is suitable for a public audience

SFU services and support for Tableau and visual analytics

  The SFU Library Research Commons offers an introductory workshop that orients users to Tableau. If you are interested in booking a workshop for your class or research group, please email

  Tableau consultations are typically 30 - 60 minutes and are available to researchers from any discipline. To book a consultation, please email

Upcoming workshops and registration

Get Started with Tableau Public for Data Visualization

Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This in-person workshop will introduce researchers and students to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

 About the workshop

You will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to:

  • connect datasets to your Tableau workbook;
  • create a variety of basic chart types (including bar charts, line graphs, and maps);
  • publish and share interactive charts and graphs.
No prior experience with Tableau is necessary.


Before the workshop, please:

Register for upcoming workshops

Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

    Resources for learning Tableau

    Resources from Tableau

    LinkedIn Learning (formerly Online Training Library (SFU account required)

    Further resources