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Data Analysis

Qualitative Analysis Tools


(Supported by Library Staff)

Taguette is a free qualitative research software that allows users to tag and highlight research materials and export the results. It can be accessed via the Taguette website or locally for secure research materials. Taguette is great for beginners to qualitative data analysis and tagging software, as its user interface is very simple and easy to learn. To get started, access the Getting Started guide on the Taguette website, or try this self-guided workshop from the University of Victoria library or this webinar from IASSIST.  


(Supported by Library Staff)

Atlas.ti is an advanced qualitative analysis tool for tagging, coding, and analyzing data of various file types. In addition to traditional textual qualitative data, Atlas.ti can be used to analyze video, audio, and geospatial files. Additionally, Atlas.ti has visualization capabilities, and new AI-assited analysis tools. 

Atlas.ti is available by reservation in the library on ISIDORE: The Data Computer. 


CATMA, short for Computer Assisted Text Markup and Analysis, is a free qualitative research software. CATMA can be used to tag, highlight, and annotate text all within your browser. Some additional features of CATMA include sharing/collaboration tools, tagging hierarchy for more nuanced systems of tagging, and some basic visualization tools for your data. To get started, try the tutorials on the CATMA website or read through the CATMA user manual. Note: many CATMA tutorials on the website are in German, however, English subtitles can be enabled. 


QualCoder is a free, open-source software for qualitative data analysis. QualCoder works off-line and is client-based, so it may not be the best tool for working collaboratively. However, QualCoder can be used for text and images, unlike some other free qualitative analysis tools, and supports tree-like tagging hierarchies. To get started, you can download QualCoder using their website and GitHub guide. Guidance on how to use QualCoder can be found on their official tutorials and user manual.


NVivo is an advanced qualitative data analysis software, for tagging, coding, and analyzing data. NVivo allows for live collaboration among a project team. NVivo can be a good choice for projects that involve non-textual file formats (such as images or audio) or advanced visualizations, like frequency charts, word clouds, or comparison diagrams. 

NVivo is currently not available for free to the Georgetown community, however, a discounted subscription can be purchased from the UIS webstore.

Text Mining

For additional information on text mining and tools for text mining, check out this guide from the library.

Transcription with Word for Web

Microsoft 365 offers 300 minutes of free audio transcription per month via the Word for Web platform. Transcripts created can be edited and exported to a Word file format. This platform currently supports transcription of .mp4, .m4a, .mp3, and .wav files. 


  • A free Microsoft license has been assigned to all members of the Georgetown community by UIS. No sign-up should be necessary, however, if you encounter access issues with your account, contact UIS for support. A guide for accessing Microsoft 365 via the university license can be found here

  • Transcription services can only be accessed via Word for Web in Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. Transcription is not available on the Word desktop application or in other web browsers. Please ensure you have downloaded and can access an appropriate browser for this tutorial. 

Steps for Transcription:

  1. Go to Sign in via your Georgetown email address and complete all necessary SSO prompts. 

  2. Create a new Word document by selecting “Add New” in the top left corner and selecting “Word document”.

  3. Word for Web should automatically open that new word document, however, you may need to manually select and open the file from the menu below.

  4. In the top right, select the arrow next to “Dictate”, and then select “Transcribe”.

This will open the transcription window. Note: at the bottom of this window, you can track how many minutes of free transcription you have used so far this month. 

  1. Click “Upload audio” and select the file you wish to transcribe. 

  2. Wait for transcription - this may take a few minutes to load.

  3. Review the transcription in the pane that appears. You can click the pen icon that appears when you hover over sections of the transcription to edit text and add speaker names. 

  4. Click “Add to document” to move the transcript to a Word document. You can select to move just text, or add in speaker names and timestamps. 

  5. Once your transcript has been moved to Word, you can edit and adjust it using the Word interface. You can also click "File" and "Save As" to select a location in OneDrive to save your transcript file, or to download a copy to edit locally via the Word desktop application. 

Set Up a Consultation

Not sure what tool would work best for you? Want help getting started in a tool? Email to set up a consultation. 

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