Digital Tools for Qualitative Research

Digital Tools for Qualitative Research

Companion Website

© 2014 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Digital Tools for Qualitative Research shows how the research process in its entirety can be supported by technology tools in ways that can save time and add robustness and depth to qualitative work. It addresses the use of a variety of tools (many of which may already be familiar to you) to support every phase of the research process, providing practical case studies taken from real world research.


The text shows you how to select and use technology tools to:

  • engage in reflexivity
  • collaborate with other researchers and stakeholders
  • manage your project
  • do your literature review
  • generate and manage your data
  • transcribe and analyse textual, audio and visual data
  • and represent and share your findings.

The book also considers important ethical issues surrounding the use of various technologies in each chapter. On the companion website, you'll find lots of additional resources including video tutorials and activities.


Whether you're a novice or expert social researcher, this book will inspire you to think creatively about how to approach your research project and get the most out of the huge range of tools available to you.

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Companion Website  
Why Digital Tools?
Engaging in Reflexive Practice and Making Ethical Choices
Collaborating and Managing Projects
Reviewing the Literature
Generating Data
Transcribing Audio and Video Data
Analyzing Textual Data
Analyzing Image, Audio and Video Data
Writing and Representing the Findings
Looking to the Future


Paulus Digital Tools Website

Free resources on the companion website:

  • Links to free SAGE journal articles 
  • Links to suggested websites, online videos and audio clips
  • Activities

A very useful of overview with some innovative approaches to using digital tools in qualitative research. This book brings home the value of a wide range of media ranging from the well established CAQDAS software through to the use of blogs, wikis and social/academic networking sites to support qualitative research. This book will appeal to a wide constituency of readers, from seasoned academics through to novice researchers.

Dr Fiona Harris
School of Health Sciences, Stirling University
June 22, 2015

Helped support dissertation students

Miss Diana Parton
Department of Primary Education, Bedfordshire University
June 19, 2015

It appears to specific for my students. I do however, recommend it too students who write their thesis and want to use online tools.

Dr Masja Van Meeteren
Department of Criminology, Leiden University
June 16, 2015

This is a good and continuously recommendable book. Certainly there need be a hands-on course, which supports the book and vice versa.

Mr Pertti Ahonen
Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki
April 30, 2015

This book shows you how to select and use digital tools for your qualitative project. This is an important book for all qualitative researchers.

Dr Muhammet Tiltay
Management , Osmangazi University
April 9, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Two: Engaging in Reflexive Practice and Making Ethical Choices

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