Skip to main content
Link to Libraries homepage
Link to Libraries homepage
Rutgers University Libraries

Qualitative Research: Getting Started

Compilation of supplementary resources for Research Methods or Social Research Methods Courses

Qualitative Research

This guide includes an array of resources, examples, and information on qualitative research to gain a better understanding of this methodology and how it can be used in your own research.

Aspects of Qualitative Research

What is Qualitative Research?

Qualitative research deals with gathering information and evidence in the form of words/phrases and actions.  These accounts can be acquired through surveys and interviews, as well as direct observations.  This information can be coded for and displayed visually to make the data comparable and readable to others.


Lauren Rossi provided assistance in developing content for this collection of information and resources


Triveni Kuchi's picture
Triveni Kuchi
Librarian for Sociology, Criminal Justice, South Asian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies
New Brunswick Libraries,
Rutgers University - New Brunswick,
Carr Library, 75 Avenue E, Piscataway, NJ-08854

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to direct suggestions, comments, or complaints concerning any accessibility issues with Rutgers web sites to: or complete the Report Accessibility Barrier / Provide Feedback Form.