Qualitative Data

Qualitative methods and software

The Academic Data Centre provides access to NVivo Qualitative Analysis on two of its four workstations (it is also available on Library computers M1006 thru M1009). We provide technical support and have reference material available for working with this software, and support the use of NCapture, a companion utility to NVivo for collecting social media (including tweets) and other online content for analysis .

The Library also provides access to a number of excellent qualitative reference materials through Sage Research Methods Online, including 

  • Qualitative Research and Ethnography (2015) 
  • Qualitative Text Analysis: A Guide to Methods, Practice & Using Software (2014) 
  • SAGE Qualitative Research Methods (2010)
  • SAGE Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social & Behavioral Research (2010)
  • SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology (2008)
  • Qualitative Interviewing 2nd ed. (2005)

and a number of other more specific guides focused on particular techniques, software, or disciplines. Other and print materials can be found by searching the library catalogue.

Data for secondary analysis

Although choice of projects is limited, many of these data collections are particularly rich sources for further research, and analyzing qualitative data collected and archived by other researchers can also be an excellent way to learn about and practice qualitative research methods.

Articles, web pages, social media discussions, policy documents, court transcripts and other sources can all provide rich sources for qualitative analysis.  Here are a few specific suggestions:

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