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MAXQDA is a software program that allows you to code and analyze your qualitative research. It allows you to code faster and more efficiently.

There are two guides for MAXQDA: MAXQDA 2018 and this guide for MAXQDA 2020, which is the newest version. (It was released in November 2019.) 

This Guide will help you:

  • Understand the basics of MAXQDA
  • Import your data
  • Learn how to do basic coding
  • Become competent in running reports on your coded data and exporting these reports

MAXQDA Instruction

Melissa is teaching MAXQDA workshops in the summer of 2020. You can sign-up here.

Melissa is also offering individual MAXQDA sessions via Zoom if you can't make a workshop. Please email her to make an appointment or sign up via LibCal.

Library Resources to Help with MAXQDA

Accessing MAXQDA on Campus

MAXQDA is available at the following locations on campus:

  • Learning Commons at Woodruff Library (MAXQDA is on the nine windows computers on the first floor).
  • Woodruff Health Sciences Library.
  • Tarbutton Hall (graduate student access only).

Purchasing MAXQDA

MAXQDA Plus for students and Ph.D. candidates:

  • $47 for one semester
  • $95 for 24 months 

If you are an instructor teaching qualitative methods, you can get free course licenses for your students.

*** To purchase, you'll need to have proof of your student status (a student ID is fine).

*** Prices may fluctuate a bit based on the exchange rate.

*** You can try MAXQDA on a free 14-day trial.

Opening up MAXQDA

When you open MAXQDA, this screen will  greet you. You will see your user name and you can open an existing project or start a new one. 


Saving and Backing Up

  • There is NO save button in MAXQDA. The software automatically saves when you move from one field to another.
  • In order to save your entire project outside of MAXQDA:
    • Go to the Home menu.
    • Click the tab, Save Project As.

MAXQDA Online Manuals

MAXQDA has a searchable comprehensive manual.

MAXQDA also offers video tutorials

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