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Digital Tools for Qualitative Research

Digital Tools for Qualitative Research

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December 2013 | 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.

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

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

A much needed specialised text for the digital age and knowledge economy. Especially Chapters 7 and 8 (analysing textual data, images, audio and video data) add significant value and make a unique contribution to the existing body of knowledge.

Professor Gerrit Van der Waldt
Public Management & Governance, Univesity of North-West
February 18, 2015

Some very interesting ideas and approaches to digital tools and their applications.

Mr Steven Wright
Division for Health Research, Lancaster University
December 18, 2014

Really useful text for analysing research data

Mrs Jane Wood
Clothing Design & Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University
December 10, 2014

I am recommending this book to PhD students who are using digital tools in their data collection and analyses. The book is extremely accessible and shows that there are lots of ways that technology can help qualitative researchers in the social sciences to engage with their topic.

Dr David Preece
School of Education, Northampton University
September 27, 2014

A useful addition to the general methods and research advice books, focusing on digital tools.

Dr Stephen Gourlay
Kingston Business School, Kingston University
September 23, 2014

a useful guide to digital tools for the range of research activities

Dr Stephen Gourlay
Kingston Business School, Kingston University
September 23, 2014

This book is complete yet easy to follow. It provides a good range of techniques and explains the best ways to use them.

Professor Raquel Ribeiro
CAPP, Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas
July 9, 2014

Good overview of using digital tools for research that I think will be a good reference for our students in preparation for their MSc dissertations.

Mr Kirk Plangger
The Department Of Management, King's College London
July 5, 2014

This is a ueful exploration in to the ways in which digital research can take place.

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
June 30, 2014

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