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Qualitative Resources

Qualitative research allows you to discover the why and how of people and activities. The abstract from this dissertation shows the study: 

  • Asks open-ended questions
  • Examines people's activities
  • Gives a narrative conclusion 
  • Observations and Interviews 
  • Understanding and interpreting social interactions and behaviors 
  • Uses a small group of subjects 
  • Uses words 

Identifying Qualitative Resources - Example

This abstract has several indications that this is a qualitative study: 

  • the goal of the study was to explore the subjects' experiences. 
  • the researchers conducted open-ended interviews. 
  • the researchers used thematic analysis when reviewing the interviews. 


Based on Eastern Michigan University Library Libguide Quantitative and Qualitative Research