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Review: Memoing in qualitative research

LynGardner School of Health Science, Swansea University Singleton Park Swansea SA2 8PP, UK, l.d.gardner@swan.ac.uk The practice of using notes or memos to oneself, dates back at least to Elizabethan times, where courtiers jotted down their thoughts and re ections on what they saw or heard – and used them later to amuse and impress others (Wilson, 193 6) . The practice of memoing, as detailed in this paper, is similar in that it is a record of a researcher's personal responses to data, and the experience of data gathering. Whether we amuse or impress others with our eventual ndings is another matter! One of the key points in the paper is the assertion that memoing `gets the researcher writing from the beginning', and that notes and jottings are an investment in the future course of the work. Notes written in the early stages of research can offer an authentic or even naive perspective, which might otherwise be lost as the passage of the work moves on. This paper effectively demonstrates the signi cance of memos and as such are more than, and different from, eld notes – they are personal observations on relationships with people, with novel situations, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Research in Nursing SAGE

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