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The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers

The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers

Third Edition
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November 2015 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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Johnny Saldaña’s unique and invaluable manual demystifies the qualitative coding process with a comprehensive assessment of different coding types, examples and exercises. The ideal reference for students, teachers, and practitioners of qualitative inquiry, it is essential reading across the social sciences and neatly guides you through the multiple approaches available for coding qualitative data.

Its wide array of strategies, from the more straightforward to the more complex, is skillfully explained and carefully exemplified providing a complete toolkit of codes and skills that can be applied to any research project. For each code Saldaña provides information about the method's origin, gives a detailed description of the method, demonstrates its practical applications, and sets out a clearly illustrated example with analytic follow-up. 

Now with a companion website, the book is supported by: 

  • SAGE journal articles showing coding being applied to real research
  • Sample transcripts highlighting coding techniques
  • Links to CAQDAS sites to introduce relevant software
  • Practical student exercises Links to video and digital content  

This international bestseller is an extremely usable, robust manual and is a must-have resource for qualitative researchers at all levels.

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Chapter One: An Introduction to Codes and Coding
Chapter Two: Writing Analytic Memos About Narrative and Visual Data
Chapter Three: First Cycle Coding Methods
Chapter Four: After First Cycle Coding
Chapter Five: Second Cycle Coding Methods
Chapter Six: After Second Cycle Coding
Appendix A: A Glossary of Coding Methods
Appendix B: A Glossary of Analytic Recommendations
Appendix C: Field Note, Interview Transcript, and Document Samples for Coding
Appendix D: Exercises and Activities for Coding and Qualitative Data Analytic Skill Development


Companion website

Free resources on the companion website:

  • Links to CAQDAS sites to introduce relevant software
  • A practice code list 
  • SAGE journal articles showing coding being applied to real research
  • Sample transcripts highlighting coding techniques
  • Practical student exercises 
  • Flashcard glossary 

An essential guide for our masters programme.

Dr Mehmet Ali Dikerdem
Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University
July 7, 2016

One of the most comprehensive guides to qualitative coding I've seen - very useful for our MA training in qualitative data analysis.

Dr Merran Toerien
Department of Sociology, York University
April 4, 2016

Excellent book and essential for students conducting qualitative research

Dr Lyndsey Therese Moon
Department of Psychology, Roehampton University
March 15, 2016

A brilliant book. A complete focus on how to code qualitative material - again, an absolute must for researchers

Dr Lyndsey Therese Moon
Department of Psychology, Roehampton University
March 15, 2016

An informative text for students undertaking advanced research methods programmes.

Dr Sheila Greatrex-White
School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham
February 11, 2016

A very thorough book, but too specialised for undergraduate level.

Dr David Lundie
Education Studies, Liverpool Hope University
January 15, 2016

The book is a great resource with its depth, guidance and examples. Most useful are the recommendations for analytical storytelling as well as the material in Appendix A to D. They are great for reference and also for classroom activity.
Should we have a separate course on Qualitative methods, it could be adopted as essential course material. As it is, we teach Qualitative and Quantitative in one course, with lower level of complexity of both topics, so the book could only be used as supplemental source from which isolated examples or exercises are used within the course.

Miss Elitsa Uzunova
Marketing , Varna University of Economics
December 13, 2015

Excellent, exceptional book. The best help out there for dissertation students and researchers. Absolutely love this book. Had no idea there were so many analysis methods. I am quite keen on dramatic analysis now.

Dr Claudia Sima
Dept of Tourism & Leisure Management, University of Central Lancashire
December 9, 2015

The book elaborates on good practice with detailed instructions for coding which will be of practical use for students in doing their practical course work project.

Dr Jyoti Belur
Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, University College London
October 27, 2015

Another excellent text from Saldana. One of the very few which deals explicitly with the challenges of analyzing qualitative data, providing a series of valuable worked examples to help students get started on this key phase in handling and interpreting qualitative data; and introducing students to the variety of options available.

Professor Margaret Hogg
Dept of Marketing, Lancaster University
October 26, 2015
  • Over 30 techniques are now included
  • A brand new companion website with links to SAGE journal articles, sample transcripts, links to CAQDAS sites, student exercises, links to video and digital content 

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Chapter One: An Introduction to Codes and Coding

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