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3. Doing the Research: NVivo

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To install NVivo: 

  • From a UC Computer: NVivo is in the Software Centre 
  • Laptop or home computer : Either bring your laptop to the I.T. Help Desk or log a request with the I.T. Self Service Portal.

The University's NVivo agreement is renewed annually in December each year.  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 either visit the IT Help Desk or lodge an IT request to replace the licence key.  Your NVivo project will remain intact even when the licence expires. 

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)

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


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.