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Qualitative Data Analysis Tools and Resources



Software NVivo ATLAS.ti Taguette Dedoose MAXQDA
Availability for Penn Community Site license for Penn community through Penn Libraries Virtual Machine or on Library computers No Free and open source No No
Our Services Consultations and group training Consultations and group training Consultations No No
Pros Supports mixed methods data analysis; auto-coding; limited social media scraping; works well with survey data Auto-coding; data visualization tools; collaboration focused; includes Interrater reliability Free & open software; easy to navigate Real time collaboration; web-based; calculates interrater operability Supports mixed methods data analysis
Cons macOS version is limited especially for data analysis; complicated interface Fewer visualization options than other software; survey data can be challenging to work with No visualization; focused on tagging/coding Complicated interface Complicated interface
Collaboration NVivo Server allows real-time collaboration but requires own installation. Can merge multiple projects into one project master file. Can merge multiple projects into one project master file; ATLAS.ti cloud allows collaboration (not available through Penn Libraries). Add collaborators and do real-time work on server or self-hosted option. Team members can collaborate on one project Can merge multiple projects into one project master file.

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Comparison matrix adapted from New York University's Choosing QDA Software. This LibGuide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Dueling QDAS (webinar hosted by IASSIST, an international data professionals organization)

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