Get Started with Qualitative Research: Databases, Subject Headings, & Keywords

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Databases - Top Picks

The online databases serve as indexes to the literature, primarily periodicals. They include citations, abstracts and sometimes full-text. Click on the More Info link for a complete description of the database.

Search Terms

Keywords (the * indicates the word may have different endings)

Action research Descriptive qualitative research Generic qualitative description Oral history
Activities of daily living Descriptive qualitative stud* Grounded theory Participatory action research
Appreciative inquiry Descriptive stud* Health-related quality of life Participant observation
Assessment* Discourse analysis Hermeneutic* Phenomengraph*
Autoethnograph* Ethnograph* Interview Phenomenolog*
Biographical research Ethnomethodolog* Lived experience Qualitative
Case stud* Exploratory stud* Narrativ* Qualitative meta-synthesis
Constant comparative Field notes Naturalistic study Qualitative method*
Content analysis Field stud* Observational method* Qualitative research
Conversation analysis Focus group* Opinion* Qualitative stud*


Library of Congress Subject Headings

You can find books and other materials in the library by searching NovaCat, the NSU Libraries online catalog (how to search NovaCat). To find books and materials at other libraries, see Catalogs.

Suggested Library of Congress (LC) subject headings include:

Action Research Ethnology Interviewing in Sociology
Appreciative Inquiry Focus Groups Participant Observation
Case Method Grounded Theory Qualitative Research


LC call numbers:

H 61 Social Sciences – theory and method
H 62 Social Sciences – study, teaching and research
HA 29 Social Science statistics - theory and method