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SWK 327: Social Work Research Methods: Qualitative

Tyoes of Qualitative Research

Examples of Common Techniques:

  • Interviews, which may be structured, semi-structured or unstructured;
  • Focus groups, which involve multiple participants discussing an issue;
  • Secondary data, including diaries, written accounts of past events, and company reports; and
  • Observational - (in a controlled setting), which may be on site, or under ‘laboratory conditions’, for example, where participants are asked to role-play a situation to show what they might do; or , for example (in a public space), which may include places like a mall food court, a playground, a bus stop or other locations where there is no expectation of privacy.

Article location Strategies for Qualitative research

The most efficient method of locating Qualitative research articles is to determine a topic and a method you are interested in.  For example, if you are interested in research article on how owning a pet affects homeless teens or the elderly, you could use:

  • homeless AND "pet ownership" AND interview
  • homeless AND qualitative AND pets
  • "homeless people" AND "pet ownership" AND qualitative

Each of the search strategies (above) will produce results in ProQuest.  But which search resulted in the best results? 

Information about Qualitative research and Social Work Practice