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Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis

This chapter provides an overview of the method of computerassisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS). I first review computer-assisted content analysis, which demonstrates some of the strengths and weakness of computer-assisted analysis. The questions of whether, and when, to use computer-assisted analysis are addressed next, followed by a review of the processes of coding and retrieval with CAQDAS packages. Criteria for choosing between the available packages are suggested and some issues associated with learning to use the packages reviewed. Rather than reviewing particular programs in detail-a review that would be quickly out of date-I provide a list of internet sites from which upto-date information and demonstration versions can be obtained. The chapter closes by highlighting the potential problems and benefits of CAQDAS.