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Research Methods Information : Qualitative Research

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Selected Books on Visual Research

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Selected Books on Grounded Theory

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Selected Books on Phenomenology

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What is Qualitative Research?

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"Qualitative research is a generic term for investigative methodologies described as ethnographic, naturalistic, anthropological, field or participant observer. It emphasizes the importance of looking at variables in the natural setting in which they are found.

Interaction between variables is important. Detailed data is gathered through open ended questions that provide direct quotations. The interviewer is an integral part of the investigation. . . . This differes from quantitative research which attempts to gather dfata by objective methods to provide information about relations, comparisons, and predictions and attempts to remove the investigator from the investigation. . . ."


Definition from Key, James P. (1997). Research Design in Occupational Education. Stillwater, OK: Oklahoma State University. 

VIDEO: Quantitative vs Qualitative Research


A humorous presentation of qualitative vs quantitative research. The production  was created as a midterm submission by students of  East Tennessee State University's EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research course.

Published on Mar 6, 2012 | Runtime 4:36 min.


The Xavier University Library (Cincinnati, OH) provides this excellent table that compares the characteristics of Qualitative vs. Quantitative research.

VIDEO: Introduction to Qualitative Research


Dr. Anthony Picciano is a professor in the graduate program in Education Administration and Supervision in the School of Education at Hunter College. He is also on the faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center in the PhD Program in Urban Education and the Program in Integrated Technology and Pedagogy.

This video is one from his introductory lectures. See a list of all his videos here.

Runtime: 2:11 min.

General Reference: Qualitative Research Basics

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For a complete list of books about qualitative research, search the Online Library with the term phrase qualitative research.  NOTE: If searched in "All Headings" you will retrieve items that include qualitative research.  If searched as a "Subject Heading" you will retrieve items specifically cataloged with this tag.

Glossaries | Qualitative Research


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Selected Books on Qualitative Research Data Analysis

This list is not exhaustive.

For a complete list of books about qualitative research, search the Online Library with the term phrase qualitative research.  NOTE: If searched in "All Headings" you will retrieve items that include qualitative research.  If searched as a "Subject Heading" you will retrieve items specifically cataloged with this tag.

Video Resources on Qualitative Research


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Selected Journals on Qualitative Research

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Selected Books on Historical Research

This is not an exhaustive list.  Search the Online Catalog using the term phrases historiography, history research, and historical research for more titles.

Selected Books on Ethnography

This is not an exhaustive list.  Search the Online Catalog using the term phrases ethnography or ethnology -- methodology for more titles.

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