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Document Analysis as a Qualitative Research Method

Quality Research Journal, vol. 9, issue 2 (2009) pp. 27-40

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Abstract

This article examines the function of documents as a data source in qualitative research and discusses document analysis procedure in the context of actual research experiences. Targeted to research novices, the article takes a nuts-and-bolts approach to document analysis. It describes the nature and forms of documents, outlines the advantages and limitations of document analysis, and offers specific examples of the use of documents in the research process. The application of document analysis to a grounded theory study is illustrated.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Content analysis (Communication)
  • Documentation
  • Grounded theory
  • Methodology
  • Methods
  • Qualitative research
  • Research
  • document analysis

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Authors

  • Glenn Bowen

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