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Qualitative Research Tools and Resources

Research tools that can be used for qualitative research

What is QDA Miner Lite?

QDA Miner Lite is a free easy-to-use version of a popular qualitative research software package.  It can be used for the analysis of textual data such as interviews, open-ended responses, transcripts, field notes, etc. as well as the analysis of still images.

  • Import documents from a variety of formats including Word, HTML, PDF, plain text, CSV, and Excel.
  • Intuitive coding using codes organized in a tree structure.
  • Add comments or memos to coded segments.
  • Text search tool for retrieving and coding text segments
  • Coding frequency analysis
  • Export tables to Excel, Word, or CSV.

QDA Miner Lite is a free and easy-to-use version of our popular computer assisted qualitative analysis software.  It can be used for the analysis of textual data such as interview and news transcripts, open-ended responses, etc. as well as for the analysis of still images. - See more at:


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Step-by-step instructions for using QDA Miner Lite

  1.  Download and install the software from the Provalis web site.
  2. Begin your project by creating a new project from existing documents
  3. Add variables from an Excel spreadsheet.
    • Variables correspond to quantitative data about different cases.  They can include information such as gender, age, ethnicity, location, etc. 
    • Variables can also be added manually from the menu bar.
  4. Code your data.
  5. Analyze your data by...
  6. You can export data to be used in other programs such as Excel and SPSS

Complete list of short video tutorials for both Lite and full version

QDA Miner Manual

Running QDA Miner on a MAC without running a virtual machine

  • Download WineBottler, a free program that packages Windows-based programs into Mac app-bundles.  You will need to download the developer version if you are running the High Sierra or Mojave.
    • Note: Ads are presented to support this open-source software development. You can skip the pop-up ads in the center of the screen by clicking the yellow "skip ads" button at the top right of the window.  
  • Download the QDAMiner Lite Windows .exe file.
  • Follow the instruction below to create the app.

For additional information about creating an app using paid products like Crossover or a virtual machine: