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Qualitative Data Analysis and QDA Tools

Information for Temple students, researchers, and instructors interested in conducting qualitative data analysis

What is QDA?

Qualitative research takes many forms but often involves the collection, processing, and analysis of unstructured data, such as interviews, article text, online content, open-ended survey questions, recordings, focus group observations, etc.

Qualitative data analysis (QDA) can be supported by specialized tools and software that help manage, transcribe, organize, code, analyze, and visualize this data to yield insights.

Qualitative Data Support at Temple Libraries

We offer help via email or appointment. We can provide support for NVivo, ATLAS.ti, and some open-source qualitative data tools.

We can help with:

  • Learning about qualitative data analysis

  • Choosing QDA software

  • Conducting qualitative data and mixed methods analyses and using QDA software

  • Finding qualitative datasets and example studies

  • Managing and sharing qualitative data

  • Identifying transcription tools and services

  • An instruction session on any of these topics for your students or research group

  • Recommendations for teaching with qualitative data

QDA Software Access at Temple

Temple does not have a university-wide site license for NVivo, Atlas.ti, MAXQDA, Dedoose, or any other commercial qualitative data analysis (QDA) software.

Options at Charles Library: The Duckworth Scholars Studio computer lab has NVivo and Qualcoder installed. No license keys are needed to use these programs. 

Options at The Tech Center: The computers in the Tech Center have Atlas.ti installed. A license key is needed to open and use the program. Contact your professor, or your School or College's ITS ( or call 215-204-8000) to inquire about getting an Atlas.ti license.

Additional options: Students may take advantage of student pricing on some qualitative data analysis platforms. There are also open-source QDA platforms. See the library's qualitative data analysis guide for more information on these options. For help with qualitative data analysis or QDA tools, contact

Get Help

Email us at

Or click on one of the staff member names to make an appointment:

Olivia Given Castello
Head of Business, Social Sciences and Education
Charles Library

Van Tran
Public Health and Social Sciences Librarian
Charles Library


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