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Using Software in Qualitative Research

Using Software in Qualitative Research
A Step-by-Step Guide

Second Edition

© 2014 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Using Software in Qualitative Research is an essential introduction to the practice and principles of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS). The book will help you to choose the most appropriate package for your needs and get the most out of the software once you are using it.

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:

  • ATLAS.ti
  • NVivo
  • QDA Miner
Ann Lewins and Christina Silver are leading experts in the field of CAQDAS and have trained thousands of students and researchers in using software. Reading this book is like having Ann and Christina at your shoulder as you analyse your data!
Qualitative Data Analysis and CAQDAS
The Nature of Software Support for Research Projects
Software Summaries
Data and Their Preparation for CAQDAS Packages
Early Steps in Software: Practical Tasks and Familiarisation
Exploration and Data-level Work
Qualitative Coding in Software: Principles and Processes
Basic Retrieval of Coded Data
Working with Coding Schemes
Managing Processes and Interpretations by Writing
Mapping Ideas and Linking Concepts
Organising Data by Known Characteristics
Interrogating the Dataset
Convergence, Closeness, Choice


Silver & Lewins Website

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  

An excellent supporting text

Mrs Ann Robinson
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Surrey University
March 20, 2015

A very useful introduction to the key software for qualitative data analysis. The focus is on introducing these tools in a practical & simplified way. I will be adding to my reading lists.

Mr Philip Russell
Department of Humanities, Tallaght Institute of Technology
April 4, 2016

Out of date and confusing. Several CAQDAS products are discussed side-by-side, so not easy to follow.

Mr Kenneth Anthony Wilkinson
Dept of Marketing, Ops & Digital Busin, Manchester Metropolitan University
June 2, 2016

Thorough and comprehensive, much updated since the the previous version, Title is accurate and appropriate; it is a step-by-step guide, essential reading for any student considering using software for analysis

Ms Vicky du-Caine
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
November 23, 2015

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.

Mr Christoph Stamann
Fach Erziehungswissenschaft, Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten
October 6, 2015

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Chapter One: Qualitative Data Analysis and CAQDAS

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