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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 Lumivero (formerly QSR International). It is available for both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
As of May 2023, Kent State has Windows and Mac licenses for the latest version of NVivo, called NVivo 14. There are also licenses available for the two versions of NVivo prior to NVivo 14.
If you are not sure which version you should use, we recommend:
At this time, Lumivero offers free 14 day trials of NVivo, which you can download from their website. To download the installer for NVivo, you must create a myNVivo account on the Lumivero website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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.