Using Software in Qualitative Research
A Step-by-Step Guide
- Christina Silver - University of Surrey, UK, Qualitative Data Analysis Services, UK
- Ann Lewins - Qualitative Data Analysis Services (QDAS)
Qualitative Research (General) | Qualitative Software | Sociological Research Methods
This book considers a wide range of tasks and processes in the data management and analysis process, and shows how software can help you at each stage. In the new edition, the authors present three case studies with different forms of data (text, video and mixed data) and show how each step in the analysis process for each project could be supported by software.
The new edition is accompanied by an extensive companion website with step-by-step instructions produced by the software developers themselves. Software programmes covered in second edition include the latest versions of:
- QDA Miner
Free resources on the companion website:
- Case study sample data
- Step-by-step software guides for ATLAS.ti, Dedoose, HyperRESEARCH, MAXQDA, NVivo, QDA miner and Transana
- Illustrations from the book
The book offers a good overview of different QDA-tools and a detailed description of the specific possibilities of each presented tool and how to use it. I recommended this book to give students the possibility to widen their knowledge about different QDA-tools and to find the one that fits best their individual research especially having their upcoming mastertheses in mind.
Okay for what its purpose is but limited for Dedoose.
A useful resource for students who are undertaking qualitative research. It is clearly set out with many useful examples.
I recommend this publication to my students for several reasons: It is well structured, firstly introducing general issues and ideas of using software in qualitative research processes, subsequently focusing on concrete data to illustrate the respective potential of the presented CAQDAS programs. Being provided with example material from the companion website helps acquiring a basic understanding of these software programs by self-studying. I really appreciate the third chapter which – giving the reader a short overview about several programs – serves as helpful starting point for your own decision making process, whether you want to use software packages or not and if so which package may fit individual or project specific needs best. Having worked with MAXQDA for several years now, I feel the potentials of MAXQDA well represented in this book.
Very helpful for qualitative research and analysis
An excellent supporting text
This is an excellent textbook providing an in-depth orientation to and working with CAQDAS.
A useful book covering essential tools for qualitative research, very useful for students completing their own qualitative research.
Very interesting and very detailled description of the matter. Was very good received by the stundents.
There is a lot of good content in this book, but it is poorly ordered. The book shows how three different qualitative research software packages can be used. The problem is, the content is separated by functions, not packages, hence a single page mught feature three explanations of one function. If you are using one package alone, exactly one third of this book will be relevant. This book is better used as a side-by-side evaluation of the most popular qualitative data analysis software available. Used as a guide to one package, it will be less effective. It will help researchers at the outset of their qualitative project decide which package is best for their purposes. Also, because software versions change so frequently, this book loses value as time passes.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter One: Qualitative Data Analysis and CAQDAS