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Working with MAXQDA, Episode 4: Coding

Posted by on November 7th, 2010 in Text | No Comments »

Coding BasicsAfter a long hiatus, I have just published a new episode in my video tutorial series on working with MAXQDA software to manage and analyze qualitative data. This episode introduces the basic tools for coding text in MAXQDA. It reviews how to create codes, apply codes to text, and work with the coding stripe in the Document Browser.

This video is the first I’ve produced using MAXQDA 10; the earlier videos were done with the previous version, MAXQDA 2007. I plan to update those early tutorial eventually, but for now my priority is on producing more tutorials with MAXQDA 10 on more advanced topics. Up next will be a tutorial on managing and organizing the Code System and working with codebooks in MAXQDA.

As always, I welcome your comments and questions about the new tutorial.

SfAA workshop on text analysis

Posted by on March 19th, 2009 in Events, Text | 1 Comment »

Text Analysis Workshop

This week the Society for Applied Anthropology is holding its annual meeting in Santa Fe, NM. Amber Wutich and I are offering a one-day workshop on Text Analysis: Systematic Methods for Analyzing Qualitative Data. Here you can view a short overview video and download data we’ll be using in the workshop.


Reading List

Update, 8/15/09: Better late than never, here are the readings we recommended at the workshop back in March. Due to copyright, PDFs are password-protected for workshop participants only.

Crabtree, B. F., & Miller, W. L. (1992). A template approach to text analysis: developing and using codebooks. In B. F. Crabtree & W. L. Miller (Eds.), Doing Qualitative Research (pp. 93-109). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Hirschman, E. C. (1987). People as products: analysis of a complex marketing exchange. Journal of Marketing, 51, 98-108.

Kearney, M. H., Murphy, S., Irwin, K., & Rosenbaum, M. (1995). Salvaging self: a grounded theory of pregnancy on crack cocaine. Nursing Research, 44(4), 208-213.

MacQueen, K. M., McLellan, E., Kay, K., & Milstein, B. (1998). Codebook development for team-based qualitative analysis. Cultural Anthropology Methods, 10(2), 31-36.

Nolan, J. M., & Ryan, G. W. (2000). Fear and loathing at the cineplex: gender differences in descriptions and perceptions of slasher films. Sex Roles, 42(1/2), 39-56.

Quinn, N. (1982). "Commitment" in American marriage: a cultural analysis. American Ethnologist, 9(4), 775-798.

Ryan, G., & Bernard, H. R. (2000). Data management and analysis methods. In N. K. Denzin & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of Qualitative Research (2nd ed., pp. 769-802). Walnut Creek: Sage.

Ryan, G., & Bernard, H. R. (2003). Techniques to identify themes. Field Methods, 15(1), 85-109.

Ryan, G. W., & Weisner, T. (1998). Content analysis of words in brief descriptions: How fathers and mothers describe their children. In V. C. de Munck & E. J. Sobo (Eds.), Using methods in the field: A practical introduction and casebook (pp. 57-68). Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.

New page for video tutorials on MAXQDA

Posted by on December 22nd, 2008 in Text | 1 Comment »

I’ve added a new page to the website for my video tutorial series on working with MAXQDA to manage and analyze qualitative data. The page collects the three episodes that have already appeared and outlines the tutorials I still plan to do. Each video is available in high- and low-resolution versions. From the new page, you can also subscribe to be notified when new tutorials appear on the site.

I encourage your feedback about the tutorials and about other topics you’d like to see covered.

Working with MAXQDA – Episode 3

Posted by on December 14th, 2008 in Text | 28 Comments »

Here is the third installment in the video tutorial series on working with MAXQDA. This episode focuses on how to include information about the attributes of your data sources in MAXQDA.

The tutorial project uses a set of oral history transcripts from the Civil Rights Documentation Project at the University of Southern Mississippi. If you’d like to follow along with the tutorial, you can download the oral history transcripts and the attributes file here.


Working with MAXQDA – 3 from Lance Gravlee on Vimeo.

The version of the video embedded here from Vimeo is relatively low resolution. If you have a high-speed Internet connection, you may prefer to view the high-resolution version.

I invite your feedback. Please leave a comment to post your questions or suggestions about how to make the tutorials more useful.

Working with MAXQDA – Episode 2

Posted by on December 11th, 2008 in Text | 8 Comments »

Update: A high-resolution version of the video is now available from the main tutorial page.

Here is the second screencast in my series of video tutorials on using MAXQDA to analyze qualitative data. This episode focuses on the first steps in setting up a project of your own by importing, creating, editing, and organizing texts in MAXQDA. In the next tutorial, I will discuss how to add additional information about the attributes of your data sources to facilitate comparisons based on characteristics of the people, groups, or archival sources in your project.


Working with MAXQDA – 2 from Lance Gravlee on Vimeo.

As always, I welcome your feedback. Please leave a comment to let me know whether you find this tutorial useful and what you would like to see covered in the rest of the series.

Working with MAXQDA – Episode 1

Posted by on December 9th, 2008 in Text | 18 Comments »

Update, Dec. 19: A high-resolution version of this tutorial is now available.

Today I’m introducing the first in a series of video tutorials I plan to do about working with MAXQDA, software to support the analysis of qualitative data. Researchers across the social sciences analyze qualitative data, and there is a lot of software to help—for a comprehensive overview, see Harald Klein’s Text Analysis Info Page, and for advice on choosing among the most popular packages, see the working paper by Ann Lewins and Christina Silver. I prefer MAXQDA as a general-purpose package because it is relatively easy to use and supports a range of qualitative and quantitative methods for analyzing text.


Working with MAXQDA – 1 from Lance Gravlee on Vimeo.

The first episode of the tutorial series is a very basic introduction to the interface of MAXQDA. In future episodes, I’ll discus how you can use MAXQDA for the basic tasks of analyzing qualitative data, using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The series will complement the workshop I co-teach in the NSF-funded Short Courses on Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology (SCRM) on Systematic Methods for Analyzing Qualitative Data. That course was initially developed by Gery Ryan of RAND Health; I now teach it with Amber Wutich of Arizona State. We’ll also be offering a one-day workshop at the next annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, March 19, 2009, in Santa Fe, NM.

I encourage your feedback and suggestions about the tutorial series. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.