Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Research (LPO, LLO): Data Tools

This guide consists of a collection of resources frequently used by Ed.D Students.

O'Reilly for Higher Education

The Vanderbilt Libraries provides access to O'Reilly for Higher Education, a multimedia collection of instruction and reference materials focused on computer programming, web development, audio-video editing tools and more. Want to learn a new skill? Check out the link below:

Statistical & Data Science Software

About R: R is an open, integrated suite of software facilities for data manipulation, calculation and graphical display. More information: What is R?

The library’s Digital Scholarship & Communications (DiSC) team provides some support for R. For more information, please visit the R lessons and resources page linked below.  You can reach the DiSC team at

In exchange for a course syllabus, any .edu academic can get any and all RStudio professional tools for free use in teaching. (See link below).

About Stata: Fast. Accurate. Easy to use. Stata is a complete, integrated software package that provides all your data science needs—data manipulation, visualization, statistics, and automated reporting. More information: Why use Stata?

About SPSS: IBM® SPSS® Statistics is a powerful statistical software platform. It delivers a robust set of features that lets your organization extract actionable insights from its data. More information: Why IBM SPSS Statistics?

About NVivo: More than just a tool for organizing and managing data, NVivo offers an intuitive qualitative data analysis experience that helps you uncover deeper research insights. More information: Learn more about NVivo

Data Visualization

About Tableau: Tableau is a powerful data visualization and analysis tool. It helps simplifying raw data into an easy-to-understand and consumable format. Data analysis is quick with Tableau and the visualizations are created in the form of publishable dashboards and worksheets. 

Tableau offers a free software license to students. (See link below).

About Canva: Unlike other online graph makers, Canva isn’t complicated or time-consuming. There’s no learning curve – you’ll get a beautiful graph or diagram in minutes, turning raw data into something that’s both visual and easy to understand.

Canva is free! (See link below).