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Software for Data Analysis: Dedoose

Recommended resources (online tutorials and books) for social science data analysis, complied by software packages and level of proficiency.

Qualitative Research Resources

Safari Books Online - brings you ebooks and videos from 200+ respected publishers, including O’Reilly, Pearson, Wiley, Packt, Harvard Business Review, and Wharton Digital Press. NOTE: Users must register with a Northwestern email address.

Use the Sage Research Methods database to find the Little Blue Books, a popular Qualitative Research Methods series which provide short and accessible texts on all kinds of qualitative methods.

See our Qualitative Analysis guide for additional resources.

Why Dedoose?

Dedoose is a web-based program that helps you organize research data in a wide variety of formats including qualitative data such as text, audio, images, or video; and quantitative data such as spreadsheets, surveys, test scores, ratings or demographics.

Dedoose will function on Windows, Apple, and some Linux machines. Dedoose can also run through the Photon browser on iPads and Android tablets.

Dedoose is available by monthly subscription fee, with the first month free.  Northwestern University does not license Dedoose at this time.

Online Support & Tutorials

At this time the University Libraries does not have staff with expertise to provide instruction or assistance with Dedoose software.  To assist you the links below provide some guidance on using the software.  Please also review the resources linked in the box above to identify any software instruction materials for Dedoose which might be available through either the Safari Books Online or Sage Research Methods - Little Blue Books.


To find additional titles search using these subject headings in NUSearch:

  • Ethnology -- Methodology
  • Ethnology -- Qualitative research
  • Qualitative research
  • Qualitative research -- Design
  • Qualitative research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Qualitative research -- Methodology
  • Social sciences -- Methodology
  • Social Sciences -- Research
  • Social sciences -- Research -- Methodology