Qualitative Research Resources

Overview

Qualitative research “…centers on understanding the subjective meanings that individuals, groups, and cultures give to their social worlds. The social reality is multiple and not unitary; there is no single truth that is sought.” – Hesse-Biber & Leavy (2011)

Tesch (1990) identified 28 possible qualitative approaches. Five of the most widely used approaches are the narrative method, the phenomenological method, the grounded theory method, the ethnographic method, and the case study method. It is important to select the approach that best fits the needs of one’s research.

To learn more about qualitative research, please feel free to explore the many resources available on this website.

If you are interested in finding a collaborator with expertise in qualitative research, please contact boundaryspanners@chip.uconn.edu.

See below for information about:

  1. Software Programs Used in Qualitative Research
  2. Qualitative Groups & Professional Organizations
  3. Journal Articles
  4. Books & Book Chapters
  5. Additional Resources
  6. Slides from 5/23/19 Qualitative Research Methods Workshop


Software Programs Used in Qualitative Research

A number of qualitative data analysis software programs are available to help organize and manage one’s data. Fortunately, UConn has a license for NVivo, which allows faculty, staff, and students to use it free of charge. See the Zamawe (2015) article below (under “Journal Articles”) for a scholarly perspective on NVivo use.

Other qualitative data analysis programs include Dedoose, MAXQDA, and ATLAS.ti, among others.

There are a variety of transcription services available, including automatic and human-based services. A PCMAG.COM article comparing audio and video transcription services is available here.

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Qualitative Groups & Professional Organizations

  • Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA)
  • Many professional organizations have a division or group focused on qualitative research. For example, the American Psychological Association offers Division 5: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, which includes a section specifically for those interested in qualitative methods.
  • Yale University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) sponsors the Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG), which meets the third Friday of each month. The goal of the discussion group is to provide opportunities for individuals involved in qualitative or mixed-methods research to meet regularly to discuss relevant publications and the qualitative research process and potentially problem-solve issues that may arise when engaged in qualitative research. Discussion topics include, but are not limited to, logistics, data management, analysis, dissemination, role of the researcher, and ethics. Meetings can be joined in person, via phone, or by computer. The meetings are coordinated by Lauretta Grau, PhD, who is a Research Scientist at the Yale School of Public Health and a member of the CIRA Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core. Please contact Dr. Grau to be added to the QRDG e-mail list.

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Journal Articles

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Books & Book Chapters

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Additional Resources

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Slides from 5/23/19 Qualitative Research Methods Workshop

Please click on the following link to view the slides from the Qualitative Research Methods on 05-23-19.
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