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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 Basics Page

If you are thinking of performing qualitative research, or are looking for a refresher on the topic, here are some resources to get you started. We have also included a few resources on mixed methods research. Note that some of the books listed here are available through the UNC libraries as both print and ebooks.

Search the UNC Library Catalog

Other sections on this page contain a sampling of the available works on qualitative research and mixed methods research, but there are many more. To search the UNC library catalog for more resources, click on the links below.


Print Books

Unlinked titles are in print only, so follow the link to check current availability.


The following articles all give good brief overviews of what qualitative research is and what kind of methods are involved.

Clissett, P. (2008) "Evaluating Qualitative Research." Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing 12: 99-105.

Fossey, E., C. Harvey, F. McDermott, and L. Davidson. (2002) "Understanding and Evaluating Qualitative Research." Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 36(6): 717-732.

Ingham-Broomfield, Rebecca (2015) A nurse's guide to Qualitative Research. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing 32(3):34-40.

Smith, Mary Lee.(1987) Publishing Qualitative Research. American Educational Research Journal 24(2): 173-183.

Snowden, Claire and David Gough (eds) Ongoing: Special Issue on Qualitative Methods, Trials, and Systematic Reviews. Joint Publication, Trials and Systematic Reviews. This joint special issue is currently calling for submissions (December 2015).


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