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Qualitative Research Resources

Find sources of qualitative training & support at UNC. How to search for and evaluate qualitative research, integrate qualitative research into systematic reviews, report/publish qualitative research. Includes some Mixed Methods resources.

About this Page

Why is this information important?

  • CAQDAS, or Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis, is a common practice in qualitative research.
  • Qualitative data can exist in many forms, including multimedia. 
  • Often your data will require some formatting or editing to prepare it for analysis.
  • Software featured on this page can be used to edit or collect audio, video, and textual data.

On this page, you'll find:

  • information on how to acquire the appropriate software*
  • resources that will help you learn how to use it.
  • UNC computers that provide access to the software

*UNC provides access to some software packages for its affiliates, but the versions available on UNC computers are not always the most recent. You can also get information on student/faculty/staff discounts through UNC Software Acquisition

Audio Software

Audacity

Audacity, an audio editor and recorder, is free for all users, regardless of affiliation. Download free from link above.

Available at UNC:

Express Scribe

Express Scribe is professional audio player software for PC or Mac designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings.  Free and pro versions downloadable from link above.

Install it on your computer and control audio playback using a transcription foot pedal or keyboard (with 'hot' keys). It offers features such as variable speed playback, multi-channel control, playing video, file management, and more.

Available at UNC:

Video Software

Premiere Pro

Available at UNC:

iMovie

Available at UNC:

Final Cut Pro

Available at UNC:

After Effects

Available at UNC:

Movie Maker

Available at UNC:

Camtasia Studio

Online Surveys: Qualtrics

Paul Mihas, 962-0513, of the The Odum Institute at UNC, is available for consultation about Qualtrics.

Tutorials on Lynda

If you have access to Lynda.com's tutorials (UNC-Chapel Hill affiliates have access through campus ITS: http://software.sites.unc.edu/lynda/), the site offers tutorials/online courses on the following--mostly multi-media--programs, among its more than 2,400 training titles:

Audio:

  • Audacity
  • Soundbooth (available at the SILS library but phased out by Adobe)

Video:

  • Final Cut Pro 10.0.9, 10.1, 10.2
  • iMovie 2008, 2009, 11, and HD 6 (also includes tutorials on iMovie for iOS)
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Movie Maker
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