Where is QDA hiding? An analysis of the discoverability of qualitative research support on academic library websites

  • Jonathan Cain University of Oregon
  • Liz Cooper University of New Mexico
  • Sarah Demott New York University
  • Alesia Montgomery Stanford University


This study explores the discoverability of qualitative research support services, using a purposive sample of academic library websites (n=95). These services were hard to find on most of the websites in our sample.  In this paper, we outline the site characteristics that make discoverability easy or hard.  Previous studies on qualitative resources at academic libraries have not addressed this topic.  Our study fills this gap in the literature.  Our aim is to provide information that can help libraries to improve the visibility of their resources for qualitative researchers and their students.

Jun 21, 2019