Research Help Question
Research Help Answer
There is no button or option in the library’s databases you can select to search exclusively for qualitative or quantitative articles.
- It is not suggested that you search using keywords such as “qualitative” or “quantitative” because these words rarely show up in the text of a relevant article.
- Instead, search for your topic AND keywords based on the characteristics of the kind of research article you are looking for (ie. “post-partem depression AND interview” for a qualitative article).
- Select keywords from the explanations of qualitative and quantitative research listed below.
Qualitative Research Studies
Quantitative Research Studies
- Quantitative research is numerical, direct and often studies large groups of people
- Quantitative research uses statistics to compare precise figures, such as "25% vs. 75%."
- The researchers often have a theory in advance, and are using scientific methods to prove the theory with numerical data.
- It is often possible to recognize quantitative articles by the precise numerical results they report in the abstract.
WCU Library Services has some helpful guides explaining the differences between qualitative and quantitative research studies. You can find these guides at: