Wolcott Finishing Up the Qualitative Research Report

Wolcott, H.F. (1990). Writing up qualitative research. London: Sage.

Chapter 5: Finishing Up

  • Title
  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Introduction and Foreword
  • Acknowledgements

    • Acknowledge the origin of the idea even if it never came in print form. Others will appreciate being your inspiration. Acknowledgements can go at the end of the document or as footnotes.
  • Table of Contents
  • Footnotes and Endnotes

    • Follow the accepted practice dictated by the journal or the traditions of the field.
  • References and Bibliography

    • "Bibliographies retain their traditional definition as lists of works on a subject... (p. 76)." They are comprehensive in nature.
    • References include all works cited in the article or piece.
  • Appendixes and Supplements
  • Index and Key Words
  • About the Author

    • Wolcott suggests including relevant works previously written in the About the Author section. Be sure to list them in chronological order. Include the date.
  • Abstract

    • "An abstract can offer a valuable opportunity to inform a wide audience, to capture potential readers, and to expand your own interactive professional network (p. 81)."
    •  "...emphasize your problem and content, not your fieldwork techniques (p. 81)."
  • Printer's Proofs

    • "The time for editing is past (p. 81)."