CAQDAS Methodological Webinar: Prof. Brigitte Smit discusses using qualitative software to facilitate scoping reviews

September 10, 2021

ATLAS.ti for Scoping Reviews

Wed, 13 October 2021,  17:00 – 18:00 CEST

ATLAS.ti 9 is a software package suited to the management and analysis of qualitative (empirical) and text (theoretical) data. This Webinar aims to encourage the effective use of some of the essential tools available in the software to analyse text data, specifically for a scoping review.

This Webinar introduces computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software, ATLAS.ti, to conduct scoping reviews as one of the many approaches to systematic reviews. Although some scholars have reported on the possibilities of using software for analysing theoretical work, for example Silver and Lewins (2014), Paulus et al. (2014), Wright (2014), Munirah Mohamad (2017), and Smit (2005, 2018), little has been written about scoping reviews.

Suitable analysis approaches for scoping reviews may include various coding strategies (Saldaña 2021), constant comparison, keywords-in-context (KWIC), classical content analysis, and theme analysis. ATLAS.ti can assist the researcher in keeping track of search terms, keywords and database sources, journals, and scholars. Moreover, the scoping review can be built into a project in ATLAS.ti, with the functionality to add documents and articles from any database at any given time.

  • Smit, B. & Scherman, V, (2021). Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software for scoping reviews: A case of ATLAS.ti. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Vol 20, 1-3.


Brigitte Smit (PhD, MEd Cum Laude, BED (HONS), BA(Ed), University of Pretoria) is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg.

Brigitte is a twice National Research Foundation Rated Researcher, a Senior Accredited Professional Trainer of ATLAS.ti, and a former Research Professor in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of South Africa.

Her research focuses on qualitative research methodology, female leadership, and relational ethics. She serves as a Co-Editor of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches and Editor (Africa) for the International Journal of Qualitative Methods.

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