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Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Online from: 2006

Subject Area: Education

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Document Analysis as a Qualitative Research Method

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Title:Document Analysis as a Qualitative Research Method
Author(s):Glenn A. Bowen, (Western Carolina University)
Citation:Glenn A. Bowen, (2009) "Document Analysis as a Qualitative Research Method", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 9 Iss: 2, pp.27 - 40
Keywords:Content analysis, Documents, Grounded theory, Thematic analysis, Triangulation
Article type:General review
DOI:10.3316/QRJ0902027 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:This article examines the function of documents as a data source in qualitative research and discusses document analysis procedure in the context of actual research experiences. Targeted to research novices, the article takes a nuts-and-bolts approach to document analysis. It describes the nature and forms of documents, outlines the advantages and limitations of document analysis, and offers specific examples of the use of documents in the research process. The application of document analysis to a grounded theory study is illustrated.

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