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3. Doing the Research: NVivo

NVivo installation

To install NVivo: 

  • From a UC Computer: NVivo is in the Software Centre 
  • Laptop or home computer : Log a request using the I.T. Self Service Portal. include details on type of computer (Mac or PC) and your UC course details.

The University's NVivo agreement is renewed annually in December.  

NVivo licence renewal

The NVivo licence is upgraded at the end of each year (Dec/Jan). If you are using a campus PC, the licence should renew automatically. If you are using NVivo off-campus or on a laptop, you will need to lodge an IT request to replace the licence key.  

When you open a project from a previous version of NVivo into the latest version, your project will be updated to the new format. 

NVivo for Literature Reviews

NVivo can be used to help you organise your literature review.  Use Nvivo to:

  • import references from Zotero, EndNote or Mendeley.
  • code the literature to identify themes.
  • run queries across the literature.
  • create visuals to explore connections between the literature.

More information:

NVivo and EndNote: Improving your literature review (video)

Accelerating your literature review with NVivo (video)

Using NVivo for literature reviews: The eight step pedagogy (article)

Extending your literature review with NVivo (NVivo blog)


What is NVivo

NVivo software is useful for qualitative and mixed methods research.  Use NVivo to:

  • import data in a variety of formats.
  • organise and code the data into themes.
  • query and search data to identify patterns and connections.
  • visualise and output the data using models, charts and graphs.



Coding for Qualitative Research

Auerbach, C. F., & Silverstein, L. B. (2003). Qualitative data: An introduction to coding and analysis. New York University Press. 

Bazeley, P. (2019). Qualitative data analysis with NVivo. Sage

Bazeley, P., & Richards, L. (2000). The NVivo qualitative project book. Sage

Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2013). Successful qualitative research: A practical guide. Sage

Braun, V., & Clarke, V. (2022). Thematic analysis: A practical guide. Sage

Flick, U. (2014). The SAGE handbook of qualitative data analysis. Sage.

Richards, L. (2015). Handling qualitative data: A practical guide. Sage.

Saldana, J. (2016). The coding manual for qualitative researchers. Sage

See Sage Research Methods for other resources