Statistical & Qualitative Data Analysis Software 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?
- Analyze and organize unstructured text, audio, video, or image data
- 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)
- Import notes and captures from Evernote - great for field research
- Import citations from EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, or other bibliographic management software - great for literature reviews
- User interface and analysis available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese
What version of NVivo does Statistical Consulting currently use?
As of September 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 14 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. However, Kent State will continue to distribute NVivo 10 licenses for the academic year 2015-2016.
How can I access NVivo?
Kent State University has licenses for NVivo 10 for Windows and NVivo 10 for Mac. All currently-employed Faculty and Staff, as well as currently-enrolled Students are eligible to request a license for their university-owned or personally-owned computer at no charge.
Please contact your local desktop support person to receive a copy of the software or to renew the license of your existing NVivo 10 installation.
Currently enrolled students
If NVivo 10 is not currently installed on your computer, you can download the free 30-day trial of NVivo 10 at qsrinternational.com/support/downloads. If you still need to use NVivo after the 30-day period, or if you need to renew the license of your existing NVivo installation, complete the NVivo License Request Form to obtain a license code.
- Tiny screen? Undock open source and node panes for ease of reading
- 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 will open 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.
- Choosing between Word or PDF formats? Word and plaintext files are easier to code in NVivo than PDFs
- 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.
- Headers, footers, and page numbers in Word docs are hidden when viewing the file in NVivo
- 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. This is NOT true of PDFs: headers, footers, and page numbers can not be ignored, and can interfere with coding sentences or paragraphs that carry over a page.
- Need line numbers? Save your source as a PDF
- 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)
- To avoid corrupting your NVivo project files, do not store them on a network drive, external hard drive, or cloud-synced directory
- Because of how NVivo saves project data, it is generally not recommended to keep your NVivo project file (*.nvp or *.nvpx) on a network drive, on a folder that is synced to the cloud, or on an external hard drive or USB drive. If your connection to a network drive or external drive is severed at any time while your NVivo project is still open, the file will become corrupted.
- If you want to keep your NVivo project file on a network drive, change the "Update projects on networks drives" setting to On save. (See "How can I configure NVivo 10 to update the network file each time I save the project?")
- If you are keeping your project file in a folder that is synced to a cloud storage service (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, etc.), QSR recommends pausing syncing while you have the project open.