Review Essay: Guidance in the World of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) Programs

  • Áine Humble Mount Saint Vincent University
Keywords: data analysis, CAQDAS, computer-assisted analysis, software


This review discusses Christina SILVER and Ann LEWINS' book, "Using Software in Qualitative Research: A Step-by-Step Guide" (2nd ed.). This book is an impressive undertaking, with online supplemental material in the form of three data sets consisting of many different types of data, detailed instructions for seven CAQDAS (Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software) programs, and full-color reproductions of illustrations from the book. The 14 chapters in the book cover a wide range of analysis issues when working with software programs, and the authors encourage critical use of such tools. Readers will benefit from engaging with the online supplemental tools.



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Author Biography

Áine Humble, Mount Saint Vincent University

Áine HUMBLE is associate professor of family studies and gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada. Her research interests focus on 1. family rituals, 2. women and healthy aging, 3. same-sex couples, 4. qualitative research, and 5. CAQDAS. She is currently working on a study of older LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) individuals and end-of-life preparation. She has been providing MAXQDA training since 2009 through her consulting company, Fada Research Consulting.