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Self-Learning Resources for R

Content from Princeton University

Getting Started
in R

A resource maintained by the Princeton Data and Statistical Service Center. Contains a series of text-based guides covering getting started in R as well as topics such as descriptive statistics.

R Data Analysis, Wrangling, And Visualization Workshops

View recordings of select R workshops from Princeton’s Research Computing’s annual Bootcamp Training. Topics include Intro to Data Analysis, R Data Wrangling, and Visualization. To find the R workshops on the Bootcamp’s Agenda page, start with the workshops listed for January 20 and 21.

R Workshops from OPR

View materials from all of the R workshops held by The Office of Population (OPR). OPR’s R workshop topics over the past several years have included topics such as data wrangling (tidyr, dplyr), latent class analysis (poLCA), text analysis and manipulation (stm, stringr), graphics (ggplots2, broom), multiple imputation (amelia), and reproducible research tools (sweave, knitr, rmarkdown).

R Books (Free and Online)

See all available books in Rstudio’s Books page.

Advanced R
Hadley Wickham
Mastering Spark with R
Javier Luraschi, Kevin Kuo, Edgar Ruiz
R for Data Science
Hadley Wickham & Garrett Grolemund
R Markdown: The Definitive Guide
Yihui Xie, J. J. Allaire, Garrett Grolemund
Cover page for the book An Introduction to Statistical Learning.
An Introduction to Statistical Learning
Gareth James, Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani

Helpful for getting started with data science and programming.
Text Mining with R
Julia Silge and David Robinson

Books with a focus on visualization:

Data Visualization A Practical Introduction (with R and ggplot2)
Kieran Healy

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Cover for the book Fundamentals of Data Visualization.
Fundamentals of Data Visualization
Claus O. Wilke

All graphs shown in this book are made with R, and the code is available.
Cover for the book R Graphics Cookbook.
R Graphics Cookbook
Winston Chang


RStudio offers dozens of free cheatsheets covering a variety of aspects of the R programming language as well as topics specific to the RStudio IDE.

Interactive Tutorials

Instructional Videos 

RStudio has published various videos on Vimeo covering a range of basic topics like Installing R, Installing RStudio, or Installing Packages, to more advanced topics like Introduction to Debugging in R, or tutorials on creating interactive apps with Shiny.

LinkedIn Learning is available to Princeton students, faculty, and staff for free. Access LinkedIn Learning’s (formerly resources through:

The Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science (SICSS) were created to provide free training to the next generation of researchers at the intersection of social science and data science. Videos include Installing RStudio, R Basics, Data “Wrangling,” Visualization, Basic Programming, Modeling, and Communicating and Collaborating.

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