|Soc3322 Using Available Computer Software or Freeware to Analyze Qualitative Data
Microsoft Word (Windows and Macintosh)
You can use some of the features in Word to aid your analyses. For instance, you could highlight areas of text or change the font colour (for example, passages expressing anger could be highlighted in red). You could have your original text in a central column and write comments in columns on either side. You could also search for particular terms in your text using Word's standard text searching – you could even put in hidden text for which you could search – a sort of proto-coding. You would be limited to fairly basic searches though. A very useful article on common software with many good tips (ie using Word's "Outline" feature to analyze your qualitative data) can be found at http://www.audiencedialogue.net/soft-qual.html.
A good book on this topic is Doing Qualitative Research Using Your Computer: A Practical Guide by Chris Hahn (2007, Sage)
CDC EZ - TEXT Freeware used by researchers in an "epidemiology program"
"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. These questionnaires are usually administered during face-to-face interviews with a
sample of respondents. A response to a question may be entered into EZ-Text either as a verbatim transcript
(e.g., from a tape recording), or a summary generated from the interviewer's notes. Data from respondents can
be typed directly into the templates or copied from word processor documents. Following data entry,
investigators can interactively create on-line codebooks, apply codes to specific response passages, develop
case studies, conduct database searches to identify text passages that meet user-specified conditions, and
export data in a wide array of formats for further analysis with other qualitative or statistical analysis software
programs. Project managers can merge data files generated by different interviewers for combined cross-site
analyses. The ability to export and import the codebook helps to coordinate the efforts of multiple coders
simultaneously working with copies of the same database file."
Qualrus Free Demo
Descrition: This is a fully functioning version, but you are unable to save your project. However, a student version can be purchased for USD$179. Might be a good "joint" purchase!
Coding: Example of a codebook entry:
Brief Definition: marginalized community members
Full Definition: Community groups that are negatively perceived as socially and/or physically outside the larger community structure. In marginalized groups, boundaries are imposed by others to keep “unfavourable” groups from participating in or interacting with the mainstream community groups
When to Use: Apply this code to all references to groups of individuals that the larger community has marginalized. These individuals or groups may be referred to as outcasts, extremists, radicals, or explicitly described as peripherals, strangers, outsiders, ostracized, bizarre, etc.
When Not to Use: Do not use this code for reference to community groups institutionalized for health or criminal reasons (see INSTIT) or for groups that have voluntarily placed themselves on the outer boundaries of community life
Example: “Then you got the outcast blacks -- drug dealers, junkies, prostitutes.”