What is the Query Tool?

The Query Tool allows you to have a closer look at the quotations, based on (conbinations of) codes.

This gives you an overview of all the quotations to which specific codes or code combinations are linked.

It gives you information concerning the content of the quotations:

what has been discussed about particular topics or themes?


Video: Query Tool

Step by step: Query Tool

Choose the tab Analyze and click on the Query Tool.

  1.  Select the code of your choice in the list below, by doubleclicking the code.
  2.  In the Query Window you'll see which code was selected.
  3.  In the results area you'll see the list of quotations to which the selected code was linked.

To retrieve a report of the results, see below under Report.

Combining codes in the Query Tool

In the example above, the result of one code was chosen to analyze.

it is also possible to analyze the results of a combination of codes. There are different options to combine the codes, which allows you to create different sets of quotations. To create these sets of quotations, you can use the 'Set Operators': OR, AND, ONE OF, and NOT. These are to be found in the menu of the Query Tool.

What do these operators mean?

- OR: at least 1 of the terms has to be included in the results:  code 1 OR code 2 (or both)

- AND: all terms have to be included in the results: code 1 AND code 2

               - ONE OF: just 1 of the terms has to be included: EITHER code 1, OR code 2 (not both)

- NOT: absence of a term:  NOT code 1

To combine different codes, you have to:

Select the first code by double clicking it. Choose the operator, for example OR. Select the other code(s), also by double clicking them. You will now see the full question or query you made. In this example: three different codes, combined with OR. The quotations that are included in the results are coded with code 1, code 2 or code 3 (or twoof these codes, or even all three of these codes).


Creating output from the Query Tool: Report

After you made a query of the information you were searching for, you can make a report containing these quotations. You can choose from several possibilities with options for a short or an extensive report.

If you choose for ‘content’ only, you'll get a report containing only the text from the quotations. If you also include other options, you can see (for example) if memo's or other codes are attached to the quotation(s) too.

Other helpful resources

(Nederlandstalige Library Guide ATLAS.ti)