Review: Lyn Richards (2005). Handling Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide


  • Robert L. Miller Queen’s University



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Handling Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide is an introductory textbook covering all stages of qualitative research from the initial conceptualisation of a project, through data collection and analysis, to writing up. The author, Lyn RICHARDS, is a well-known developer of two key qualitative software analysis packages, NUD*IST and NVivo. While RICHARDS clearly advocates the use of qualitative analysis software, the text is "generic" and could be used in tandem with any qualitative software package. The book concentrates on practical advice about the use of software to manage and analyse qualitative data, and provides insights in these areas. The consideration of issues around team-based qualitative research is another strong point. However, due in part to its short length, the overall coverage of topics tends to be superficial. In itself, the book does not provide sufficient detailed support for a student who would like to use it as her/his main source of guidance for carrying out a qualitative research project. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0602244


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Author Biography

Robert L. Miller, Queen’s University

Robert L. MILLER is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Sociology & Social Policy, Queen’s University, Belfast.




How to Cite

Miller, R. L. (2006). Review: Lyn Richards (2005). Handling Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(2).