Statistical Consulting NVivo
About NVivo; links to NVivo tutorials and resources.
What is NVivo?
NVivo is a software program used for qualitative and mixed-methods research. It is produced by QSR International. As of July 2014, it is available for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems; however, the Macintosh version is missing some of the features that the Windows version has.
Why use NVivo?
- Strong organization features for data that is stored across many files and file formats
- Playback ability for audio and video files, so that interviews can easily be transcribed in NVivo
- Ability to capture social media data from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn using the NCapture browser plug-in (NVivo 10 only)
- Ability to directly import survey data from SurveyMonkey (NVivo 10 only)
- User interface available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese
What version of NVivo does Statistical Consulting currently use?
As of April 2015, Statistical Consulting uses NVivo 10 for Windows and Mac.
Is there a way to try NVivo for free?
At this time, QSR International offers free 30 day trials of NVivo 10 for Windows and NVivo 10 for Mac, which you can download at the QSR International website.
Is there a version of NVivo for Mac?
QSR International released NVivo 10 for Mac in June 2014. At this time, it is missing some of the features that the Windows version has. See QSR International's comparison of product features for more information:
When is the next version of NVivo coming out?
Currently, NVivo 11 for Windows and Mac is expected to be released in October 2015.
- NVivo can be difficult to use on computers with small screen resolutions. If you're able to, changing your monitor to portrait orientation makes it easier to see more of your source documents at a time.
- You can "undock" the views of open sources, nodes, queries, or other project items by right-clicking on the item's tab and selecting Undock. This shows the item in its own viewer window. This is particularly useful if you have dual monitors: you can have a source document on one monitor, and have the node view on the other.
- In general, it is easier to code plain text and Word documents than it is to code PDFs. Automated word detection (such as word frequency and text search queries) also work better on plain text and Word documents than they do on PDFs. If you have a choice between the two formats and your analysis only requires the text, choose plain text.
- If your Word source document has headers, footers, and page numbers, they will be hidden when the document is imported into NVivo. This makes it easier to code long passages of text. With PDF documents, the headers, footers, and page numbers can not be ignored, and can interfere with coding sentences or paragraphs that carry over a page.
- If you have a Microsoft Word document with line numbers that you want to import into NVivo 10, those line numbers will not be visible in NVivo. If you wish to be able to see the line numbers, save the Word document as a PDF, and import that PDF into NVivo. Note that you will be able to see the line numbers when viewing the source, but not when viewing coded content in a node. (May 2015)