Here we list links to external sites where you can find information about various aspects of using software in qualitative research. If you are aware of any relevant links not listed here please let us know.
Alceste is a commerical, concordance/content analysis software. Compatible with MAC and Windows.
AnSWR is a software system for co-ordinating and conducting large scale, team-based analysis projects that integrate qualitative and quantitative techniques. Comptatible with Windows 2000 or XP.
AQUAD 6 is a commercial software developed by Gunter L.Huber. PC compatible.
Assessment and Development of New Methods for the Analysis of Media Content this ESRC project based in the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University evaluates and develops methods for the analysis of media content, in particular news. The substantive concern is with the portrayal of policy, politics and politicians, but this will also enable the application and methodological assessment of innovative approaches to media content analysis. .
ATLAS.ti- This is a CAQDAS package (and a commerical software). Compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista
ATLAS.ti user forum is a web-based user forum for ATLAS.ti software for QDA.
Audacity is an audio editor which is a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
AudioTranskription is a data conversion/collection software information website on audio-recording and transcription, maintained by Thorsten Dresing & Thorsten Pehl.
Books for Academics online publication information resource based at University of Exeter (social science meta-information resource)
Booth Library is an online archive of collections including Booth's Survey into Life and Labour in London and digitised police notebooks, London School of Economics (LSE)
CASS (Centre for Applied Social Surveys) CASS is a programme of short courses in applied social surveys run by the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI) at the University of Southampton.
CAT is a software system which consists of a web-based suite of tools custom built from the ground-up to facilitate efficient and effective analysis of text datasets that have been coded using either an internal coding module or the commercial-off-the-shelf package ATLAS.ti.
CAVA The CAVA project (human Communication: an Audio-Visual Archive) will establish a digital video repository to support the work of the international human communication research community, initially populated with a minimum of 600 hours of rights-cleared digital content owned by UCL researchers.
"CDC EZ-Text" is a software program developed to assist researchers create, manage, and analyze semi-structured qualitative databases. Researchers can design a series of data entry templates tailored to their questionnaire. EZ-Text runs on WindowsTM 3.1, WindowsTM for Workgroups 3.1, WindowsTM 95, and WindowsTM NT (versions 3.51 and 4.0) operating platforms.
CISAID this is a commerical multi-media software developed by Alan Cartwright. PC compatible.
Victoria Climbie this project builds on the work carried out in establishing the Victoria Climbié Inquiry Data Corpus at the University of Huddersfield. The project is funded by HEFCE's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as part of the Enriching Digital Resources programme, a strand of the digitisation programme.
Concordance/Lexis Nexis this is a commercial text analysis and concordancing software. PC compatible.
CTANKS this is a commerical transcription/multimedia software developed by Alan Cartwright. PC compatible.
Decision Explorer this is a commerical mapping software produced by Banxia Software. PC compatible.
Dedoose is a Web 2.0 application enabling researchers from all disciplines to conduct qualitative and mixed methods research. Designed by UCLA's Drs. Thomas Weisner and Eli Lieber to make mixed methods research intuitive, efficient, and effective.
Digital Replay System (DRS) is a software which enables the combination of systems logs with audio & video recordings and simultaneous viewing of multiple synchronised records. It is available for PC & MAC. DRS is available for download from Sourceforge http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/thedrs
Dragon Dictate Software Voice recognition software.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's leading agency for research funding and training in economic and social sciences
Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) is a national data service providing access and support for an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, spanning many disciplines and themes. includes Qualidata
ESDS Qualidata is a specialist service of the ESDS led by the UK Data Archive (UKDA) at the University of Essex. The service provides access and support for a range of social science qualitative datasets, promoting and facilitating increased and more effective use of data in research, learning and teaching. The work builds on Qualidata's expertise and international reputation in this area. Includes information on using NVivo 9 as a data management tool.
E-Source: Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Interactive Textbook E-Source is an interactive, online anthology on research methods and tools for researchers engaging in BSS research on health-related topics.
Evaluation Cookbook Online produced by Learning Technology Dissemination Innitiative (LTDI) is a practical guide to evaluation methods for lecturers.
Express Scribe is free professional audio player software for PC, Mac or Linux designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings.
f4 PC transcription software is a a free software for audio and video recordings. Works with Mac, Windows and Linux systems.
Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Qualitative Social Research Forum: Online multilingual journal.
FrameWork this commercial software is developed by (NatCen) National Centre for Social Research. PC compatible.
HyperRESEARCH is multi media software produced by ResearchWare. PC & MAC compatible.
HyperTRANSCRIBE is transcription software produced by ResearchWare.
IHMC Concept Map Software, this program empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. Works with MAC & PC, Linux & Solaris.
InfoRapid is a software system for managing documents & multi-media data. Windows 98 to Vista.
Inspiration is a commercial mapping software produced by Inspiration Software Inc. MAC & PC compatible.
Interclipper is a commerical software for the annotation of sound files, produced by DocuMat, LLC. PC compatible.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (published by Routledge) The aim of the journal (QSE) is to enhance the practice and theory of qualitative research in education, with “education” defined in the broadest possible sense, including non-school settings.
International Network for Social Networks Analysis (INSNA) is the professional association for researchers interested in social network analysis. The association is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Delaware, USA, and founded by Barry Wellman in 1978.
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) is a resource and discussion group run by Jonathon Smith at Birkbeck College, University College London
Intute: Social Sciences Free online service providing access to social sciences related resources. They aim to find and review the very best web resources to help you with your studies and research.
Kwalon, Platform for Qualitative Research, based at the University for Humanistics, Utrecht, the Netherlands (miscellaneous resource)
Learning and Technology Dissemination Initiative (LTDI): Online resources (social science meta-information resource)
Leximancer is a commercial software for text mining and concept maping developed iin association with the University of Queensland, Australia. PC and MAC compatible.
Mass Observation Archive specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. It contains papers generated by the original Mass Observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), and newer material collected continuously since 1981. The Archive is in the care of the University of Sussex and is housed in the Library in Special Collections.
MAXqda is a CAQDAS software package (as well as commerical software) MAXQDA is a state-of-the-art instrument for professional text analysis. As one of the pioneers in the field (the first version was released in 1989) it is used by researchers and research institutions from a wide range of scientific disciplines across the world.
Maxqda User-forum - web-based user forum.
MedlinePLUS Health information from the National Library of Medicine. Easy access to Medline and Health topics, medical dictionaries, directories and publications.
National E-Social Science Centre (NCeSS) is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council(ESRC) to stimulate the production of new computer based tools and services and their uptake by social scientists, to enable them to address the key challenges in their research fields in new ways.(social science meta-information resource). This website is not maintained, For up to date information on eResearch, go to Manchester e-Research Centre (MeRC).
National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) ('The Hub') University of Southampton. NCRM is a network of research groups, each conducting research and training in an area of social science research methods.
National Centre for Social Research (NATCEN) carry out and analyse research studies in the fields of social and public policy including extensive research among members of the public.
Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 gives professionals and small businesses the power to create documents, reports and emails 3 times faster than most people type.
NVivo is a CAQDAS package (as well as commerical software) produced by QSR (multi-media ). Works on a PC platform.
Open Code 3.4 is a software tool for coding qualitative data generated from text information such as interviews, observations or field notes. PC compatible.
QDA Miner is a CAQDAS package (as well as commerical software) developed by Provalis (also Simstat). Works on a PC platform.
Online QDA is a set of learning materials which address common issues (both early and advanced) of undertaking qualitative data analysis (QDA) and beginning to use Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages.
qsrforum Discussion group for QSR software users (N6 & NVivo).
QUALIFIERS is a commerical multi media software developed by Thomas W.Speitel. MAC compatible.
Qualitative Inquiry (Sage Publications) provides an interdisciplinary forum for qualitative methodology and related issues in the human sciences.
Qualitative Interest Group (QUIG) University of Georgia, USA (qualitative research/journal resource)
Qualitative Market Research An International Journal published by Emerald.
Qualitative Research (Sage Publications) provides a much needed forum for the discussion of research methods, in particular qualitative research, across the social sciences and cultural studies. The journal features papers with a methodological focus, discussed in relation to specific empirical studies and research problems and papers raising philosophical, theoretical, historical or ideological debates about qualitative research.
Qualitative Research and Consulting Susanne Friese (qualitative research/journal resource)
Qualitative Research Journals list includes journals that focus on qualitative research as well as journals receptive to publishing qualitative research.
Qualitative research methods in health technology assessment a review of the literature
Qualitative Research in Psychology (Routledge)is dedicated to exploring and expanding the territory of qualitative psychological research, strengthening its identity within the international research community and defining its place within the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
Qualrs-l International Qualitative Research Discussion List (discussion list)
Qual-Research Jiscmail Discussion List - A list devoted to all aspects of qualitative research: methodological, theo retical and practical also intended to facilitate discussion of diverse qua litative research: interviewing, ethnography, participation observation, fo cus groups, biographical and life history studies
Qual-Software Jiscmail Discussion List - general debate and information about the use of software for assisting qualitative data analysis.
Researcher Development Initiative (ESRC) supports the training and development of researchers in the social sciences at all stages of their career. Established by ESRC’s Training and Development Board, RDI contributes to the development of a robust national training infrastructure intended to drive forward research training in a systematic way.
Research Talk Inc Integrating research methods with research design (qualitative research/journal resource)
Resources for Methods in Evaluation and Social Research (social science meta-information resource)
RDQA is a R package for Qualitative Data Analysis, a free (free as freedom) qualitative analysis software application (New BSD style license). It works both on the Windows, Linux/FreeBSD and (probably) MacOS platforms. RQDA is an easy-to-use tool to assist in the analysis of textual data. At the present, it supports only plain text format data. To some extent, RQDA and R makes an integrated platform for both quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
SISWO/Netherlands' Institute for the Social Sciences(miscellaneous resource)
Snag-it is an image/web capturing software - capture an entire Web site's JPEG, GIF and PNG files in one click.
Sociological Research Online Online journal (qualitative research/journal resource)
Solid Converter is a data conversion software which converts Pdf format Word and Word to Pdf.
StorySpace is a hypertext tool for MAC & PC.
TAMS Analyzer is an open source qualitative software package for the analysis of textual themes. Compatible with MAC OS X & GNUstep/Linux.
Text Analysis Info Page is a free information source for information that deals with the analysis of content of human communication, mostly but not limited to text. Several programs support the coding of different sources of human communication like audio, video, or chatroom files. provided by Harald Klein.
The Ethnograph is a commerical software, developer : John Seidel (Qualis Research Associates). PC compatible.
The Observer a commerical multi media software including video, produced by Noldus Information Technology. PC compatible.
Tinderbox is a personal content assistant, enabling the viewing, analysis and organisation of notes which can be shared through web journals and logs. Developed by Eastgate Systems Inc. MAC compatible.
Transcriber a free software tool for segmenting, labeling and transcribing speech. Compatible with Windows XP/2k, Mac OS X and various Linux.
Transana is a CAQDAS package and is a cross platform tool for transcription and analysis of digital video or audio data. Transana runs on Windows and Apple OS X in both single-user and multi-user versions.
Veyor helps organizations discover topics, themes, and concepts found in text and analyzes them for attitudes and opinions.
Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment Childrens Hospital Boston (qualitative research/journal resource)
VirtualDub is a free video editing/cleaning up software. Windows platform compatible.
ZUMA : Zentrum fur Umfragen, Methoden, Analysen (in English and German) (miscellaneous resource)