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NVivo is a software program used for qualitative and mixed-methods research. Specifically, it is used for the analysis of unstructured text, audio, video, and image data, including (but not limited to) interviews, focus groups, surveys, social media, and journal articles. 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.
As of September 2018, Kent State has licenses for versions 11 and 12 of NVivo Pro for Windows and NVivo for Mac.
At this time, QSR International offers free 14 day trials of NVivo 12 for Windows and NVivo 12 for Mac, which you can download at the QSR International website.
NVivo 11 and 12 are available for Windows and Mac. However, certain features in NVivo 11 Pro for Windows are not available in NVivo 11 for Mac. See QSR International's comparison of product features for more information:
Kent State University has a limited-seat license for NVivo Pro for Windows and NVivo for Mac. All currently-employed faculty and staff, as well as currently-enrolled graduate students are eligible to request a license at no charge.
Please contact your local desktop support person to receive a copy of the software.
You may request a license (for first-time users) or renew your license (for continuing users) through software.kent.edu.
For more information, contact Information Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camcorders and lapel microphones are available for checkout at the University Library circulation desk.
The Student Multimedia Studio, located on the first floor of University Library, has hardware and software for converting VHS and audio cassette tapes into digital formats. There are also flatbed scanners and document cameras that can be used for scanning oversized papers and objects.
NVivo has a mixture of qualitative and quantitative analysis features: in particular, it can compute inter-coder reliability and use cluster analysis to examine text or coding similarities.
Unlike MAXQDA and Atlas.ti, NVivo does not have a dedicated mobile app; however, NVivo's ability to import from Evernote can act as a substitute.