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SOC W 505/506 Foundations of Social Welfare Research

What is Qualitative Research?

 

Qualitative research is defined as "research that derives data from observation, interviews, or verbal interactions and focuses on the meanings and interpretations of the participants." (Holloway and Wheeler, 1995)

Qualitative research can be challenging to find as these methodologies are not always well-indexed in bibliographic databases. There is more information on searching PubMed and CINAHL https://guides.lib.uw.edu/hsl/qualres.

Mxied Methods Research Design: PubMed does not have suitable MeSH terms for mixed methods research. Search your topic with the following suggested text words using the quotes and truncation symbol*:

  • “mixed model*” OR “mixed design*” OR “multiple method*” OR multimethod* OR triangulat*

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