Microsoft Excel: While some researchers rely on sophisticated analytic software designed for qualitative research, others cannot afford these packages and need to rely on the everyday software they already have on their computers. Excel is such a software that can benefit researchers, whether using in conjunction with another package or one its own.


Dedoose: We recommend Dedoose especially for collaborative research projects.

  • Access: A 30-day free trial is available to all.
  • Resources: Dedoose Support YouTube channel.


  • Access: A 14-day free trial is available to all.

QDA Miner: One special feature is that one can export results to Tablea, which allows the use of advanced interactive data visualization tools.


  • Access: A 14-day free trial is available to all.

Taguette: A simple open-source qualitative data analysis tool that allows you to tag your data––that way you can export it for analysis. It is a great free resource, but therefore a bit limited/specific in its capabilities.

  • Access: Free to all.

Additional Software for Qualitative Research

Qualtrics: A powerful survey tool and may be a nice complementary resource for recruitment, demographic information, etc. Note that there are many qualitative scholars who argue open-ended survey questions are a part of survey research and not necessarily qualitative research, whereas others argue open ended surveys are useful for some forms of content analysis.