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Qualitative Research

This guide provides resources as well as help with how to locate qualitative research resources.


Qualitative research is an inquiry approach useful for exploring and understanding a central phenomenon. To learn about the phenomenon, the inquirer asks participants broad general questions, collects the detailed views of participants in the form of words or images, and analyzes the information for description and themes. From this data, the researcher interprets the meaning of the information, drawing on personal reflections and past research. The final structure of the final report is flexible, and it displays the researcher's biases and thoughts. (Creswell, 2008).

SAGE Research Methods Online

SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a database focused on research design, methodologies, and statistics. SRMO contains books, chapters, journal articles, videos, cases, reference sources, podcasts, and project planners. The collection also includes most of the Little Blue Books and Little Green Books. Since SRMO is focused on all aspects of  qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies (research, analysis, writing, etc.) rather than disciplines it serves as a unique resource to students, faculty, and researchers working on a huge variety of projects. Note, only current NSU students, faculty, and staff, and registered NSU alumni will be able to access SRMO off-campus.