In qualitative research, memos are documents that a researcher uses to record processes and outcomes. While commonly associated with grounded theory, memos are an important tool in all forms of research, regardless of the methodology or study design employed. This entry examines the purpose of memos in qualitative research and explains their use as a methodological tool.

Purpose of Memos

Qualitative research is built on the premise that there is no singular reality. In the qualitative domain, multiple perspectives exist that inform the understanding of a phenomenon. The coexistence of multiple realities can create ambiguity, particularly for the researcher who is unfamiliar with the principles of qualitative research. Through the process of memoing, the researcher can reflect on different perspectives and how each informs the research process. ...

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