Authors: Trena Paulus, Jessica Lester and Paul Dempster

Pub Date:December 2013

Pages: 224

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About the Book

Welcome to the companion website for the first edition of Digital Tools for Qualitative Research.

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
  • represent and share your findings.

The book also considers important ethical issues surrounding the use of various technologies in each chapter.

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.

On this companion website to the textbook, you’ll find…

Student Resources

This section of the site is freely accessible to any student who is using Digital Tools for Qualitative Research by Trena Paulus, Jessica Lester and Paul Dempster.

Student resources are organised by chapter, and offer a range of content including:

  • Web links: access relevant web links to supplement your study of the book, from leading technology blogs, forums and archives to recommended software and handy tools to aid  your research
  • SAGE Journal articles: additional reading recommended by the authors, with free access to complete journal articles from SAGE
  • Video links: carefully selected, web-based video resources including lectures, presentations and other content to help you explore key discussion topics
  • Audio links: including audio diaries and soundscapes
  • Activities: practice your research skills using our online activities

About the Authors

Trena M. Paulus holds a Ph.D. in Education/Instructional Systems Technology and currently teaches qualitative research methods, discourse analysis and instructional technology courses at the University of Tennessee, USA, where she is an associate professor. She has published articles in the areas of qualitative research methods, instructional technology and computer-mediated communication. She teaches a doctoral level course on Digital Tools for Qualitative Research which provided the motivation for this text.

Jessica N. Lester is an assistant professor in Inquiry Methodology at Indiana University and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research. She teaches research methods courses, including a course focused on the uses of digital tools in qualitative research. She has published journal articles in the areas of qualitative methodologies, disability studies, discourse studies, and refugee studies. She recently co-edited a book focused on performance ethnography and schooling practices.

Paul Dempster is an applied  health researcher who specialises in qualitative research. He is particularly interested in CAQDAS methods and has taught internationally on their use. He is a consultant methodologist for Transana at the university of Wisconsin and works for the NHS in Newcastle.