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Digital Tools for Qualitative Research

Digital Tools for Qualitative Research

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December 2013 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Digital Tools for Qualitative Research shows how the research process in its entirety can be supported by technology tools in ways that can save time and add robustness and depth to qualitative work. It addresses the use of a variety of tools (many of which may already be familiar to you) to support every phase of the research process, providing practical case studies taken from real world research.


The text shows you how to select and use technology tools to:

  • engage in reflexivity
  • collaborate with other researchers and stakeholders
  • manage your project
  • do your literature review
  • generate and manage your data
  • transcribe and analyse textual, audio and visual data
  • and represent and share your findings.

The book also considers important ethical issues surrounding the use of various technologies in each chapter. On the companion website, you'll find lots of additional resources including video tutorials and activities.


Whether you're a novice or expert social researcher, this book will inspire you to think creatively about how to approach your research project and get the most out of the huge range of tools available to you.

Companion Website

Why Digital Tools?
Engaging in Reflexive Practice and Making Ethical Choices
Collaborating and Managing Projects
Reviewing the Literature
Generating Data
Transcribing Audio and Video Data
Analyzing Textual Data
Analyzing Image, Audio and Video Data
Writing and Representing the Findings
Looking to the Future


Paulus Digital Tools Website

Free resources on the companion website:

  • Links to free SAGE journal articles 
  • Links to suggested websites, online videos and audio clips
  • Activities

A well presented text

Dr Timothy Osadiya
Business & Humanities, Seevic College
June 10, 2014

A most useful addition to the resources available to research students who wish to avail themselves of technology tools as part of their method of enquiry.

Mr Bob Milward
Economics, Business & International Business, University of Central Lancashire
May 30, 2014

A most highly recommended read for education studies students (and staff). Not only does the book introduce the reader to data analysis software, but embeds the reflexive process of research. In hanging the whole text on a reflexive framework, the book reinforces the relationship between methodology and method, embedding the message that research is a holistic process, much greater than than the sum of its parts.

Ms Clare Winder
Dept of Education and Social Science, University of Central Lancashire
May 28, 2014

This text is useful for those researching in Health & Social Care, and Education, and especially so in the age of Technology Enhanced Learning. I have recommended this book to my students as novice researchers who are grappling with the dynamic nature of digital qualitative research

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
May 2, 2014

This is a useful book for my undergraduate students, but I think it is even better (for teaching) in postgraduate courses. What I love about it (and therefore will put it on the reading list for my undergraduate modules) is the very practical information (for students but also for researchers using for the first time digital tools) and the enthusiasm with which it is written and presents how digital tools can be used effectively in qualitative research.
It is so great to have an up-to-date book (this book was first published in 2014) with regards to techogology. For instance on GIS as a Qualitative Research Tool (page 157-158), but also NVivo (although we already use NVivo 10). These are presented in 'Vignettes' throughout the book, and it is exacly these excerpts which I would use in lectures/seminars.

Dr Lisa Dikomitis
Department of Social Sciences, Hull University
April 7, 2014

This is an excellent text for introducing students to new ways of collecting and analysing qualitative research in an increasingly digital world.
It provides support and research examples for every stage in the research process. Definitely a text for reading lists.

Mrs Jose King
Department of social & historical studies, University of Westminster
March 4, 2014

An overall very useful and informative text that brings the importance of qualitative research to the forefront of the research world. It demonstrates that qualitative research is liable to analytic scrutiny in the same vein as quantitative research with regards to digital tools and their usefulness. A must for the novice or expert researcher alike.

Mr Thomas Beary
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Hertfordshire
January 29, 2014

This book offers a hands-on introduction to digital tools that can be used in qualitative research. It will be a very useful resource for students wishing to engage in this type of research. I will recommend it to my students who wish to pursue this path.

Mr Jeroen Moes
University College Maastricht, Maastricht University
January 22, 2014

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Chapter Two: Engaging in Reflexive Practice and Making Ethical Choices

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