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Introduction to NVivo

Introduction

Welcome to the Introduction to NVivo module. NVivo is software that allows you to store, organise and analyse qualitative data. It is installed on most computers at Curtin's Australian campuses, and is also available for Australia-based Curtin students and staff to download for free to a personal computer. To do this you will need to contact the Digital and Technology Solutions (DTS) Service Desk for a home-use form, have it endorsed by your supervisor and then return it to DTS who will start the process for downloading.

What you will learn

  • How to import 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) (skip to Setting up an NVivo project)
  • How to store information about cases and files in an NVivo project using case and file classifications (skip to Setting up an NVivo project)
  • How to use codes to organise project materials together according to specific themes and topics (skip to Analysing data in an NVivo project)
  • How to use mindmaps to visualise the layout of codes (skip to Analysing data in an NVivo project)
  • How to use search project materials to find common words or phrases or to identify patterns and make comparisons (skip to Analysing data in an NVivo project)

Setting up an NVivo project

This part of the module details how to set up a project in NVivo. The information is provided in a document, which covers both how to import different types of materials into the project (including Word, PDF, audio, video and picture files saved on your computer; survey data; web content; emails; and references and PDFs from EndNote) and how to store information about cases and files in the project using case and file classifications.

To follow along with the material covered in section two of the document onwards, you will first need to download and save the following files in an appropriate folder on your computer (you will then need to locate them in order to complete section two):


Once you have done this, work through the attached document:

Analysing data in an NVivo project

This part of the module details how to analyse data in an NVivo project. The information is provided in a document, which covers how to organise project materials together according to specific themes and topics by coding into codes; how to use mind maps to visualise the layout of codes; and at how to conduct simple searches. It uses the sample project Environmental Change Down East.