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Answered By: Rachael Naismith
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2017     Views: 47

The way you limit your search to qualitative research depends on what database you are using and what topic you are researching.  Each database is a little bit different. Some, such as CINAHL (allied health) and PsycINFO (psychology) actually allow you to limit by methodology.


Let's look at the database PsycINFO as an example:

Type in your search terms in the search boxes. Below the three search boxes, you will see a number of available limits, one of which is Methodology. Among the choices you will find Qualitative Study. You can apply this limit and run your search. Keep in mind that this limits the search to articles that have been specifically tagged as qualitative studies, so it might cut out some articles you would find useful.

In some databases, where there is no option to limit by methodology, you can usually get good results by putting your topic in one search box and add the word "qualitative" as a keyword in one of the search boxes.


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