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Introduction to NVivo

A general introduction to the NVivo software application.

Coding in NVivo

NVivo offers ample documentation for the different ways to 'code' data.


In NVivo, coding data refers to the act of assigning conceptual themes to various sections of textual, image, and video files imported into the application. This is usually accomplished by highlighting the specific data to be coded performing a drag-and-drop maneuver or right-clicking and assigning a Node the the data. 


Nodes are a collection of the coded references pertaining to a particular theme. You may think of a node as a container much like a simple file folder that can be used to quickly access and analyze all the materials on a particular subject or aspect of your project. 

Tutorials for Coding in NVivo

Below you can find detailed documentation on coding concepts provided by the NVivo developers. 

Coding in NVivo

Coding Techniques

  • A guide on how to code data to various Nodes in NVivo

Use Coding Stripes to Explore Coding

  • Coding stripes are colored bars that reveal more information about the structure of your coded data and nodes. Coding stripes can reveal 

Highlight Coding

  • Instructions on how to highlight previously coded sections within imported files. 

Nodes in NVivo

Theme Nodes

  • A theme node is a collection of coded references in your files that pertain to a specific theme within the content. 

Reviewing the References in a Node

  • The Reference Tab in the Detail View can be used to see all of the coded references in a node at once. 


  • Relationships are a type of node that can be used to describe connections between two objects in NVivo. 

Node Matrices

  • A node matrix allows users to see how coded references in data intersect.