Computer-Aided Qualitative Data Analysis with Word


  • Bruno Nideröst Universität Zürich



code and retrieve, data assorting, frequency count, computer-aided analysis, qualitative data, Word, word processing


Despite some fragmentary references in the literature about qualitative methods, it is fairly unknown that Word can be successfully used for computer-aided Qualitative Data Analyses (QDA). Based on several Word standard operations, elementary QDA functions such as sorting data, code-and-retrieve and frequency counts can be realized. Word is particularly interesting for those users who wish to have first experiences with computer-aided analysis before investing time and money in a specialized QDA Program. The well-known standard software could also be an option for those qualitative researchers who usually work with word processing but have certain reservations towards computer-aided analysis. The following article deals with the most important requirements and options of Word for computer-aided QDA. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0202225


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Author Biography

Bruno Nideröst, Universität Zürich

Bruno NIDERÖST ist Politikwissenschafter mit den Arbeitsschwerpunkten Evaluation, Politikanalyse und Verfassungsgeschichte. Er forscht am Institut für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Zürich und dem Institut für Öffentliches Recht der Universität Bern.



How to Cite

Nideröst, B. (2002). Computer-Aided Qualitative Data Analysis with Word. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(2).