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Research Common

Information on conducting original research and on the supports available for research at Red Deer Polytechnic.

Data Analysis

Data analysis "is a systematic method of examining data ... to support interpretations and conclusions about the data and inferences about the population." Read more...

Red Deer Polytechnic's Library has five laptops available for borrowing loaded with SPSS and NVivo data analysis software, as well as Dragon transcription software. Three of the laptops can be borrowed for up to a month at a time and two can be borrowed for up to four months at a time. The laptops are available for pre-booking; note that use is limited to one laptop per user and booking requests will be mediated. You will be notified via email whether your booking has been approved or not. SPSS is also available on all the multimedia stations in the Library; NVivo is available on multimedia station #3.

Here are some resources to get you started thinking about data analysis:

Qualitative Data Analysis

Qualitative data analysis involves making meaning from "words, observations, pictures, and symbols." Learn more...

Here are some resources to get you started with qualitative data analysis:

Statistical Analysis

Quantitative, or statistical, data analysis is the process of describing and interpreting numerical data. Read more...

Here are some resources to get you started with statistical analysis:


Discover the basics of NVivo by exploring the two videos below. Both videos are part of a larger playlist which you can access by clicking the 'Watch on YouTube' button on each video.