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Introduction to NVivo

Introduction to NVivo Version 12

This program takes you through the basics of the qualitative data analysis software NVivo Pro for Windows Version 12. In particular, it covers importing data from various sources (including EndNote), creating case and file classifications, coding material into nodes, creating mind maps, running queries and creating graphs. These topics are covered over two handouts, as detailed below. Before you work through the handouts though, please follow these steps:

  1. Save the following files in an appropriate folder on your computer (you will then need to locate them in order to complete Section 2 of the first guide):

2. If you want to complete the section of the first handout on importing web content (Section 2.3), make sure you have the free web browser extension ‘NCapture’ installed for your chosen browser. Instructions on checking for this, and installing if needed, are detailed in the relevant section.

PDF Version PDF

Introduction to NVivo Pro Version 12 Part 1 [.pdf 739kB]

This handout covers importing different types of materials into an NVivo project, including Word, PDF, audio, video and picture files saved on your computer; survey data; web content; emails; and references and PDFs from EndNote. It also covers how to store information about the cases and files in your project as case and file classifications.

Introduction to NVivo Pro Version 12 Part 2 [.pdf 316kB]

This session looks at how to organise project materials together according to specific themes and topics by coding into nodes; how to use mind maps to visualise the layout of nodes; and at how to conduct searches and create graphs (including by making use of attributes of case and file classifications).


Introduction to NVivo Version 11

Alternatively, an older version of the program for NVivo Pro Windows Version 11 has an accompanying video. If you wish to follow this program instead (which does not include information on creating mind maps, creating case and file classifications and using them to run more complex queries, and creating graphs) please follow the same two steps above before you start, then use the handout and/or watch the video that follows:

PDF Version PDF

Introduction to NVivo Pro handout [.pdf 1029kB] 


If you encounter any problems working through either program please contact Claire Hulcup.

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