Qualitative research is defined as research that derives data from observation, interviews, or verbal interactions and focuses on the meanings and interpretations of the participants. (Holloway and Wheeler, 1995).
Qualitative vs. quantitative research (from Xavier University Library).
Qualitative research can be challenging to find as these methodologies are not always well-indexed in bibliographic databases. This help guide will provide some tips and information to guide you in your search for qualitative research articles through databases, such as PsycINFO and Medline/PubMed as well as the Grey Literature.
When reviewing research that you have found, start by reading the abstract in order to identify the methodologies used in the study. Research articles should also include a section that describes the methods used in more detail.
Not all quantitative or qualitative studies will include the same clues present in the examples on this page. Read articles carefully to understand the methodologies used.
This abstract has several indications that this is a quantitative study:
This abstract has several indications that this is a qualitative study:
Based on Eastern Michigan University Library http://guides.emich.edu/c.php?g=188042&p=1242147