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Qualitative Data Analysis

Qualitative Data Analysis
A Methods Sourcebook

Fourth Edition
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January 2019 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
“This comprehensive, practical, user-friendly book provides a wealth of data analysis strategies that are essential for any qualitative research. It is a must-have tool book for moving from data analysis to writing for publication!”
Guofang Li, University of British Columbia, Canada  

Miles, Huberman, and Saldaña’s Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook is the authoritative text for analyzing and displaying qualitative research data. The Fourth Edition maintains the analytic rigor of previous editions while showcasing a variety of new visual display models for qualitative inquiry. Graphics are added to the now-classic matrix and network illustrations of the original co-authors. Five chapters have been substantially revised, and the appendix’s annotated bibliography includes new titles in research methods. Graduate students and established scholars from all disciplines will find this resource an innovative compendium of ideas for the representation and presentation of qualitative data. As the authors demonstrate, when researchers “think display,” their analyses of social life capture the complex and vivid processes of the people and institutions studied.

List of Displays
Preface to the Fourth Edition
A Note on This Revision  
About the Authors
Chapter 1. Introduction
The Purpose of This Book  
The Nature of This Book  
Our Orientation  
An Approach to Qualitative Data Analysis  
The Nature of Qualitative Data  
Our View of Qualitative Data Analysis  
Suggestions for Readers  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 2. Research Design and Data Management
Loose Versus Tight Research Designs  
Displaying the Conceptual Framework  
Methodologies (Genres) of Qualitative Research  
Formulating Research Questions  
Defining the Case  
Sampling: Bounding the Collection of Data  
Linking Qualitative and Quantitative Data  
Data Management Issues Bearing on Analysis  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 3. Ethical Issues in Analysis
Agreements With Study Participants  
Ethical Issues  
Ethical Conflicts and Dilemmas  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 4. Fundamentals of Qualitative Data Analysis
First Cycle Codes and Coding  
First Cycle Coding Examples  
Coding Craft and Design  
Structure and Unity in Code Lists  
Definitions of Codes  
Second Cycle Coding—Pattern Codes  
From Codes to Patterns  
Analytic Memoing  
On Visual Data  
Hypotheses, Assertions, and Propositions  
Within-Case and Cross-Case Analysis  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 5. Designing Matrix, Network, and Graphic Displays
Display Format Options  
Timing of Display Design  
Entering Matrix, Network, and Graphic Data  
Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions From Matrix, Network, and Graphic Displays  
The Methods Profiles  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 6. Methods of Exploring
Exploring Field Work in Progress  
Exploring Variables  
Exploring Reports in Progress  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 7. Methods of Describing
Describing Participants  
Describing Variability  
Describing Action  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 8. Methods of Ordering
Ordering by Time  
Ordering Processes  
Ordering by Cases  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 9. Methods of Explaining
Antecedent Conditions, Mediating Variables, and Outcomes  
On Explanation and Causation  
Explaining Interrelationship  
Explaining Change  
Explaining Causation  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 10. Methods of Predicting
Methods of Predicting  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 11. Drawing and Verifying Conclusions
Tactics for Generating Meaning  
Tactics for Testing or Confirming Findings  
Standards for the Quality of Conclusions  
Analytic Documentation  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 12. Writing About Qualitative Research
Audiences and Effects  
Voices and Styles  
Writing Examples and Recommendations  
Traditional Presentation Modes  
Progressive Presentation Modes  
On Theses and Dissertations  
Closure and Transition  
Chapter 13. Closure
Qualitative Analysis at a Glance  
Final Advice  
Appendix: An Annotated Bibliography of Qualitative Research Methods Resources


Student Study Site


The open-access Study site includes:

Downloadable worksheets, templates, and Appendices from the book.

A selected bibliography of SAGE journal articles compiled by author Johnny Saldana.

“Excellent book! Each chapter transitions into another just like qualitative researchers transitioning from constructing a research question to following up with methodological decisions to study the phenomenon.”

Karthigeyan Subramaniam
University of North Texas

“This comprehensive, practical, user-friendly book provides a wealth of data analysis strategies that are essential for any qualitative research. It is a must-have tool book for moving from data analysis to writing for publication!”

Guofang Li
University of British Columbia

“This easy to follow text provides detailed discussions supported by visual displays for each step of the research process. Several examples provide different perspectives; advice and recommendations guide the researcher.”

Sheila J. Foley
Bay Path University
Key features


  • Maintains the systematic and rigorous methods while employing more accessible language.
  • Now includes graphics as a display mode for research’s evolving methods of visual representation.
  • Expands beyond educational research to include representation from studies in sociology, nursing, health care, business, and other fields.
  • Several new displays to the collection have been added based on the work of fellow scholars who have used Miles and Huberman’s original methods.
  • All citations/references have been updated and the appendix's annotated bibliography has been revised with new titles in qualitative research methods.


  • Each method of data display and analysis is described in detail, with practical suggestions for adaptation and use.
  • Vivid examples from a host of disciplines show the application of qualitative research methods in real-world settings.
  • Comprehensive coverage and a hands-on, practical approach make this a seminal treatment of the topic. 

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