How to Use This Book
This book is a work-in-progress. Chapters have not yet been proofread or copyedited.
This book is divided into four parts:
- A conceptual section on conducting quantitative data analysis
- A conceptual section on conducting qualitative data analysis
- A practical section on conducting quantitative data analysis using SPSS
- A practical section on conducting qualitative data analysis using Dedoose
Each part can be used separately by those interested in developing the relevant skills.
Each chapter includes suggested exercises at the end of the chapter for those seeking practice with the ideas, concepts, and skills introduced in the chapter. There is also a hyperlinked glossary of terms. Bibliographic information is available in a separate bibliography rather than in each individual chapter.
For users who prefer to download or print the text, go to the text homepage and click “Download This Book.” It is available in PDF and OpenDocument format for use in ereaders; those who want to print can bring the download to a local print or office store. The text is designed to be compatible with screen readers; where applicable, image descriptions for software screenshots provide instructions for how to use keycodes to access key functions. Should users discover any screenreader compatibility problems, they are welcome to email Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur to get them corrected. Note that while SPSS is basically screenreader compatible (plugins may be required depending on a user’s specific system configuration), Dedoose is not.
In addition, as an Open Educational Resources text, the authors encourage others to develop equivalent practical sections using other software packages, like Atlas.ti, Nvivo, Stata, SAS, R, and Excel. This project can be forked to add such sections, or those interested in collaborating to incorporate new sections into this base text are welcome to reach out to Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur to discuss.