Where is QDA hiding? An analysis of the discoverability of qualitative research support on academic library websites

Authors

  • Jonathan Cain University of Oregon
  • Liz Cooper University of New Mexico
  • Sarah Demott New York University
  • Alesia Montgomery Stanford University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29173/iq957

Keywords:

Qualitative Research Support, Discoverability, CAQDAS, Research Guides, Academic Libraries

Abstract

This study explores the discoverability of qualitative research support services, using a purposive sample of academic library websites (n=95). These services were hard to find on most of the websites in our sample.  In this paper, we outline the site characteristics that make discoverability easy or hard.  Previous studies on qualitative resources at academic libraries have not addressed this topic.  Our study fills this gap in the literature.  Our aim is to provide information that can help libraries to improve the visibility of their resources for qualitative researchers and their students.

Author Biographies

Jonathan Cain, University of Oregon

Head, Data Services & Librarian for Planning Public Policy and Management

Liz Cooper, University of New Mexico

Social Sciences Librarian

Sarah Demott, New York University

Research Specialist, Data Services

Alesia Montgomery, Stanford University

Subject Specialist for Sociology, Psychology, & Qualitative Data

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Published

2019-06-21

How to Cite

Cain, J., Cooper, L., Demott, S., & Montgomery, A. (2019). Where is QDA hiding? An analysis of the discoverability of qualitative research support on academic library websites. IASSIST Quarterly, 43(2), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.29173/iq957