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Qualitative Data Repository (QDR): QDR Data Types

Types of Qualitative Data

The repository holdings include multiple types of qualitative data including (but not limited to) unpublished primary sources, published primary sources, primary sources cited in secondary sources, and secondary sources.

  • Structured, semi-structured, or unstructured interviews; focus groups; oral histories (audio/videorecordings; transcripts; notes; questionnaires/interview protocols)
  • Field notes (including from participant observation or ethnography)
  • Maps/satellite imagery/geographic data
  • Official/public documents, files, reports (diplomatic, public policy, propaganda, etc.)
  • Meeting minutes
  • Government statistics
  • Correspondence, memoranda, communiqués, queries, complaints
  • Parliamentary/legislative proceedings
  • Testimony in public hearings
  • Speeches, press conferences
  • Military records
  • Court records; legal documents (charts, wills, contracts)
  • Chronicles, autobiographies, memoirs, travel logs, diaries
  • Brochures, posters, flyers
  • Press releases, newsletters, annual reports
  • Records, papers, directories
  • Internal memos, reports, meeting minutes
  • Position/advocacy papers, mission statements
  • Party platforms
  • Personal documents (letters, personal diaries, correspondence, personal papers)
  • Maps, diagrams, drawings
  • Radio broadcasts (audio or transcripts)
  • TV programs (video or transcripts)
  • Print media (magazine, newspaper articles)
  • Electronic media
  • Published collections of documents, gazeteers, yearbooks, etc.
  • Books, articles, dissertations, working papers
  • Photographs
  • Ephemera; popular culture visual or audio materials (printed cloth, art, music /songs, etc.)

  • Data are stored in a variety of formats and media: alpha-numeric (e.g., word-processed text, databases, spreadsheets), audio (digital and non-digital), video, and photographic (digital and non-digital).