This book tackles the challenges of how to make sense of qualitative data. It offers students and researchers a hands-on guide to the practicalities of coding, comparing data, and using computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. Lastly, Gibbs shows you how to bring it all together, so you can see the steps of qualitative analysis, understand the central place of coding, ensure analytic quality and write effectively to present your results.

Searching and Other Analytic Activities Using Software


After reading this chapter, you should:

  • see the relevance of searching as an important analytic technique and how computers excel at it;
  • know more about two kinds of searching which are supported by CAQDAS and which are examined in this chapter – lexical searching and code searching;
  • see that the former involves searching for text; and
  • see that the latter enables you to make the kinds of analytic comparisons that were discussed in Chapter 6.


A lot of the time, doing qualitative analysis consists of reading the text and looking for things in the text. Sometimes, this is difficult to do because it is hard to keep focused on the task. As you read the text it is easy to get ...

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