NVivo is software for Qualitative Research from QSR International. Many people consider it their favorite because it is so powerful and provides organization for the entire project. The learning curve is small to do basic tasks, but there are many advanced features that can take longer to get accustomed to.
NVivo 1.0 (released March 18, 2020) was released for Windows and Mac. As previously, the Mac version has fewer features. QSR also released Collaboration Cloud for sharing projects (within OS only). The Plus and Pro versions from v12 have been combined.
NVivo 12 (released March 20, 2018) for Windows has 2 versions. Pro has the basic features researchers need. Plus has additional automation and social networking capabilities. NVivo for Mac OS is also available, with somewhat fewer features than the Windows Pro version. The Starter Edition from v11 has been discontinued.
See this page in two guides:
NVivo comes with one (or more) sample projects to open and explore. QSR video and text tutorials use the "Multi-Method" or "Environmental Change Down East" project, so you can follow along.
|Windows 1.5||Mac 1.5|
|Link||Windows Playlist Mac Playlist|
Tour of the Interface
The Design Framework
|#1, #2, #3||#1, #2, #3|
Creating Cases from 1 to 1 Interviews
Creating Cases from Multiperson Interviews
Creating Cases and Classifications in Datasets
|#10 & #11||#10, #11, #15|
Principles of coding
|#19, #22, #30||#20|
Using Coding Stripes
Using the Highlighting Tool
Managing Codes: Merge, Rename, Move, Reorganize
|#23, #24, #28||#25, #26, #24|
|#25, #26||#27, #28|
Version 1.5 - Use the sandwich in the upper right to navigate: 1.5 Windows | 1.0 Mac
Version 12 - Start with the Using NVivo section: v12 Windows | v12 Mac
These are wonderful materials and should be the first stop.
See also the Companion Website with an additional sample project and a map of all query options.
Because this book is not specific to any software, it is thus useful regardless of the version you use, and remains so even as the softwares change. For example, NVivo has been releasing a new version about every 2 years.
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