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Qualitative Research (Finding & Understanding)

Terms for Searching for Qualitative articles

These terms could be useful when searching for QUALITATIVE studies...

  • Narrative -- to tell someone's life story
  • Focus groups
  • Interview 
  • Diaries
  • Lived experience
  • Ethnography -- the describe and interpret the shared culture of a group
  • Grounded Theory -- to construct a theory to explain what is going on among this group of people in this time and place
  • Phenomenology -- to understand the true essence of an experience


These terms could be useful when searching for QUANT.. QUANTITATIVE studies...

  • Quantitative
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Experiment
  • Surveys (most of time)
  • Look for statistics, tables and charts, formulas.

How do I find Qualitative Articles?

Locating a qualitative article.

Use a database that contains research journal articles such as PubMed, CINAHL, ScienceDirect, Nursing and Allied Health by ProQuest or Academic Search Premier and even Google Scholar.

Qualitative Studies/Research

Links to assist with learning about locating qualitative research/studies or better understanding it.

Critiquing Qualitative Research

These articles can help learn about assessing quatitative studies. Written by nurses but useful for all learning about qualitative research.

Qualitative Studies -- Assessing

Books --- Qualitative

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