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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.
As of Fall 2021, Kent State has Windows and Mac licenses for the latest version of NVivo, called NVivo R1 (or NVivo 20 in some places). There are also licenses available for the previous version, NVivo 12.
If you are not sure which version you should use, our general recommendations are:
At this time, QSR International offers free 14 day trials of NVivo, which you can download at the QSR International website. To download the installer for NVivo, you must create a myNVivo account on the QSR International website.
Yes. Beginning with NVivo version 11, NVivo is available for Windows and Mac.
Kent State University has a limited-seat license for NVivo 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. Undergraduate students who need NVivo for a formal research project or for work as a Kent State research assistant should have their faculty advisor contact email@example.com to request a license on their behalf.
Faculty and staff can request a license for NVivo on their university-owned computers, or renew their license for those programs, from software.kent.edu.
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.
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.