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The coding manual for qualitative researchers

The coding manual for qualitative researchers

Saldaña, Johnny, author

An in-depth guide to each of the multiple approaches available for coding qualitative data. In total, 32 different approaches to coding are covered, ranging in complexity from beginner to advanced level and covering the full range of types of qualitative data from interview transcripts to field notes

Paperback, Book. English.
Third edition.
All formats and editions (3)
Published London: SAGE, c2016
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Statement of responsibility: Johnny Saldaña
ISBN: 1473902495, 9781473902497
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Previous edition: 2013.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: [xix], 339 pages ; 25 cm.
Subject: Social sciences Research.; Society.; Qualitative research.


  1. Chapter One: An Introduction to Codes and Coding
  2. Chapter Two: Writing Analytic Memos About Narrative and Visual Data
  3. Chapter Three: First Cycle Coding Methods
  4. Chapter Four: After First Cycle Coding
  5. Chapter Five: Second Cycle Coding Methods
  6. Chapter Six: After Second Cycle Coding
  7. Appendix A: A Glossary of Coding Methods
  8. Appendix B: A Glossary of Analytic Recommendations
  9. Appendix C: Field Note, Interview Transcript, and Document Samples for Coding
  10. Appendix D: Exercises and Activities for Coding and Qualitative Data Analytic Skill Development


This book is a must for all fieldworkers who work closely with interview,  narrative,  and visual materials.  It is thoughtful, well-written,  and inclusive. The appendices  alone are invaluable!||

Saldaña’s Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers has become an indispensable resource for my teaching, my doctoral students, and my own research. The 3rd edition, with new approaches and new examples from a broad array of researchers and disciplines, will be even more indispensable.

||This third edition clarifies marvelously the process of coding qualitative data, provides wonderful examples of the over 25 coding methods, recognizes the ambiguity in the analysis of qualitative data, and reinforces the richness inherent in qualitative data.||

The Coding Manual is the go-to handbook for all qualitative researchers. This latest edition offers a thorough discussion on analyzing visual data and writing analytic memos, making this the most comprehensive text on the coding process.