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Introduction to NVivo

A general introduction to the NVivo software application.

Overview of NVivo

NVivo is an electronic lab notebook designed to help researchers organize and explore qualitative data. This kind of data analysis is typically performed on textual documents, images, as well as video and audio recordings. Using built-in analysis tools, researchers are able to map out their own project workflows, assign conceptual themes to content, visualize these themes, and take notes on their own thoughts and actions at the various stages of the research process. 

NVivo Trial License: 

A 14-day free trial is available from the developers of NVivo. Follow the link to download the trial version. Users who own personal computers are encouraged to sample the software through the trial.

14-Day Free NVivo Trial

Where to find NVivo @ Florida Tech

While it is possible to download a free trial of NVivo to a personal computer, the trial period is unlikely enough time for a user to develop and analyze a robust project. With this in mind, the Florida Institute of Technology has purchased and installed NVivo 12 Professional software on several campus computers. You can find the listed below:

Evans Library -- 4 computer terminals -- 2nd floor Digital Scholarship Lab

  • NVivo has been installed on 4 windows computers on the northwest side of the lab, on the terminals labeled under "Geospatial Information Systems" and "Data Analysis". 


Crawford 611

  • The computer lab on the sixth floor of Crawford Hall is also outfitted with NVivo software. 

Overview & Quick Tutorials for NVivo 12

The following tutorials have been created by the developers of NVivo to assist users in using the tool. These tutorials are not comprehensive guides to using the application. 

NVivo Overview

  • An in-depth overview of the NVivo application. 

Understanding Key Concepts

  • A quick rundown of NVivo terminology and functions. 

Importing Data

  • A quick video explaining the basics of importing data in NVivo.

Coding Data

  • How to 'code' data in NVivo. Coding may be thought of as assigning a conceptual theme to relevant data. 

Managing Nodes

  • Nodes can be thought of as containers for the thematic content you have coded. Nodes can be organized and arranged to make it easy for users to navigate and interpret data.