"the systematic reading of a body of texts, images, and symbolic matter, not necessarily from an author's or user's perspective" (Krippendorff, 2004).
Content analysis is distinguished from other kinds of social science research in that it does not require the collection of data from people. Like documentary research, content analysis is the study of recorded information, or information which has been recorded in texts, media, or physical items.
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Books and articles
Below, a few tools and online guides that can help you start your Content Analysis research are listed. These include free online resources and resources available only through ISU Library.
The article describes an approach of systematic, rule guided qualitative text analysis, which tries to preserve some methodological strengths of quantitative content analysis and widen them to a concept of qualitative procedure.