Document Analysis as a Qualitative Research Method

  title={Document Analysis as a Qualitative Research Method},
  author={Glenn A. Bowen},
  journal={Qualitative Research Journal},
  • Glenn A. Bowen
  • Published 3 August 2009
  • Business
  • Qualitative Research Journal
This article examines the function of documents as a data source in qualitative research and discusses document analysis procedure in the context of actual research experiences. Targeted to research novices, the article takes a nuts‐and‐bolts approach to document analysis. It describes the nature and forms of documents, outlines the advantages and limitations of document analysis, and offers specific examples of the use of documents in the research process. The application of document analysis… 

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