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Computer Programs for Qualitative Data Analysis
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Computer Programs for Qualitative Data Analysis
A Software Sourcebook



April 1995 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Written by qualitative researchers for qualitative researchers, and not presuming extensive computer experience, this user-friendly guide takes a critical look at the wide range of software currently available.

The book gives detailed reviews of 24 programs in five major categories: text retrievers, textbase managers, code-and-retrieve programs, code-based theory-builders and conceptual network-builders. In addition, the book provides ratings of over 75 features per program. The authors also offer detailed guidance on the operation of each program, helping the reader to ask key questions about the use of the computer - the nature of the project being undertaken, what time-line analyses are planned and what worksheets are required - all to assist in identifying the programs best suited to the reader's needs.

 
PART ONE: THE BASICS
 
Introduction
 
How to Choose Software
Key Questions  
 
Software Types and Functions
 
PART TWO: SOFTWARE REVIEWS
 
Text Retrievers
 
Textbase Managers
 
Code-and-Retrieve Programs
 
Code-Based Theory-Builders
 
Conceptual Network-Builders
 
Program Features
A Guide to the Ratings  
 
PART THREE: REFLECTIONS AND RESOURCES
 
Reflections and Hopes

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