How to get help in R

Tips for looking for answers and asking questions about R

Ella Kaye

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This session will be led by Ella Kaye - an R enthusiast and statistics PhD researcher at the University of Warwick. In the session, Ella will talk us through different ways to get help when you get stuck on a problem in R. We’ll cover how and where to look for answers and how to ask and post good questions that make it easy for others to help you, including a demo of the excellent reprex and datapasta packages. So whether you’re an R novice or more experienced R user, hopefully there’ll be some useful tips for you!

Event details

Event: R Ladies Coventry (the inaugural talk)

Date: October 29th, 2020

Location: Zoom

I gave a very slightly updated version of the talk again three months later:

Event: bseeR

Date: January 28th, 2021

Location: Microsoft Teams

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Kaye (2020, Oct. 29). ELLA KAYE: How to get help in R. Retrieved from

BibTeX citation

  author = {Kaye, Ella},
  title = {ELLA KAYE: How to get help in R},
  url = {},
  year = {2020}