By Celia Emmelhainz, Anthropology and Qualitative Research Librarian, UC Berkeley
What is qualitative data?
If you’re working with:
- audio or text files from interviews, focus groups, surveys, oral histories
- narrative observations of people and animals
…you may be working with qualitative data. “Qualitative data” also includes textual results from surveys, maps and pamphlets, photos and videos of people and places, sketches of a scene, and handwritten fieldnotes or scratch notes.