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Finding Qualitative Research Articles

This guide provides tips and information to guide you in your search for qualitative research articles through databases such as CINAHL, PubMed, and APA PsycInfo.

Tips for APA PsycInfo

Strategy 1: Choose a Methodology Limit

  • Qualitative Study
  • Interview
  • Focus Group

Strategy 2: Use Subject Terms

Examples include:

  • Qualitative research
  • Grounded theory
  • Interviews
  • Observation methods


McKibbon, K. A., Wilczynski, N. L., & Haynes, R. B. (2006). Developing optimal search strategies for retrieving qualitative studies in PsycINFO. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 29(4), 440–454.