Online Resources

Online Resources

Make the best of available resources, already built to aid researchers using qualitative software to help chose the most suitable option for your needs

Five-Level QDA(R)

A CAQDAS pedagogy that transcends software programs, methodologies and teaching modes, developed by Nick Woolf & Christina Silver. Information about the method, trainings and a CAQDAS blog.

CAQDAS Networking Project

Information about technology designed to support qualitative and mixed methods analysis. The Choosing a CAQDAS Package materials by Ann Lewins and Christina Silver include comparative reviews of many leading programs. 

Text Analysis Info

Harold Klein's website provides information on software packages designed to support the analysis of text.

Online QDA

‘Just in time’ information concerning Qualitative Data Analysis methods and techniques, including step-by-step get started help for selected CAQDAS packages. Exemplar qualitative research projects

Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA)

Based in the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston, VIA is a programme of research projects in which children and adolescents teach clinicians about the realities of their illness experiences and needs.

Individual software developer websites

Most software sites provide product descriptions, demonstration versions, and their own user discussion forums. Searching the archives of discussion lists and forums can be great ways to find answers to common problems and explore the experiences of other users. 

Discussion lists

There are several forums and email discussion lists about qualitative research. Searching the archives can be useful.


An email discussion list run by the CAQDAS Networking Project enabling software users, methodologists and software developers to discuss any aspect of qualitative analysis using software

QUALRS-L(Qualitative Research for the Human Sciences)

An email discussion list hosted by the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia USA. List members discuss a whole range of issues concerning qualitative research - with or without the use of software.


An email discussion list hosted by Jiscmail, the UK National Academic Mailing List Service. List members discuss a whole range of issues concerning qualitative research - with or without the use of software.


We have had a working professional relationship with QDAS for almost ten years. Firstly at a “hands on” multi-day tutorial on the use of the software to support qualitative study methodology. The ability to work competently with groups as well as individuals was outstanding. Since then we have maintained a professional consultive relationship through the analysis of two research studies. We applaud their willingness to answer the same questions more than once, to meet you where you’re at in your project, and uncanny talent to tailor advice to particular situations and needs. We have begun data collection for our third study and are quite comfortable knowing that QDAS will be our “go-to” expert to fully utilize qualitative software to support our analysis. As experienced nurse educators, teaching/learning is our core business. We recognize the characteristics of individuals who engage effortlessly in the art of teaching to support active learning. QDAS provides those people.
Joan Riley, Professor Emeritus of Nursing
Emmanuel College, Boston