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Dissertation Research--Planning, Researching, Publishing

This guide was created to help GWU doctoral students in researching and writing their dissertation

What is Qualitative Research?

Qualitative research is an inquiry approach useful for exploring and understanding a central phenomenon. To learn about the phenomenon, the inquirer asks participants broad general questions, collects the detailed views of participants in the form of words or images, and analyzes the information for description and themes. From this data,the researcher interprets the meaning of the information, drawing on personal reflections and past research. The final structure of the final report is flexible, and it displays the researcher's biases and thoughts (Creswell, 2007).

Qualitative Research Books

Below is a sampling of books on the subject of "qualitative research" owned by GW and consortium libraries.
Click the book image and it will take you to the item in the library catalog, where you can request it.

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