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Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo

Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo

Second Edition
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April 2013 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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This straightforward, jargon-free book provides an invaluable introduction to planning and conducting qualitative data analysis with NVivo. Written by leading authorities, with over 40 years combined experience in computer-assisted analysis of qualitative and mixed-mode data, the new edition of this best selling textbook is an ideal mix of practical instruction, methodology and real world examples.

Practical, clear and focused the book effectively shows how NVivo software can accommodate and assist analysis across a wide range of research questions, data types, perspectives and methodologies. It sets out:

  • The power and flexibility of the NVivo software
  • How best to use NVivo at each stage in your research project
  • Examples from the authors' own research and the sample data that accompanies the software, supplemented with vignettes drawn from across the social sciences
  • Annotated screen shots
  • A website with links to data, sample projects, supplementary/updated instructions, and SAGE journal content

This second edition contains new chapters on handling a literature review, visualizing data, working in mixed methods and social media datasets, and approaching NVivo as a team. An insightful step-by-step guide to the messy reality of doing computer-assisted analysis, this successful book is essential reading for anyone considering using NVivo software.

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Perspectives: Qualitative Computing and NVivo
Qualitative Research Purposes and NVivo  
The Evolution of Qualitative Data Analysis Software  
Issues Raised by Using Software for Qualitative Data Analysis  
Exploring an NVivo  
Overview: What's in an NVivo Project?  
Starting Out, With a View Ahead
Exploring the Research Terrain  
Explore the Terrain With Software  
looking Ahead: Connecting a Web of Data  
Looking Ahead: Keeping Track of Emerging Ideas  
Memos, Annotations or Links: Which Should it Be?  
Saving and backing Up Your Project  
Designing An NVivo Database
Qualitative Data for Your Project  
Thinking Cases  
Preparing Data Sources  
Storing Qualitative Data in NVivo  
Managing Data Sources in NVivo  
Questions to Help You Work Through These Early Phases  
Coding Basics
Goals for Early Work With Data  
Building Knowledge of the Data Through Coding  
Storing Codes in Nodes  
Identifying and Naming Codes  
Further Coding in NVivo  
Practical Issues in Coding  
Moving On  
Going On With Coding
Creating a Structured Coding System  
Organizing and Coding With Nodes in Trees in NVivo  
Automating Routine Coding  
Automating Coding With Word Frequency and Text Search Queries  
Closeness and Distance with Coded Data  
Moving On  
Cases, Classifications, and Comparisons
Understanding Case Types and Case Nodes  
Making Case Nodes  
Understanding Attributes, Values and Classifications  
Creating Classifications, Attributes, and Values  
Using Attributes for Comparison  
Using Sets to Manage Data  
Working With Multimedia Sources
The Promises and Perils of Non-Text Data  
Using Images in Your Research  
Working With Audio and Video Sources  
Accessing and Using Web-Based Data  
Exporting Images, Audio and Visual  
Adding Reference Material to Your NVivo Project
Using Reference Material in Your Project  
Importing; Coding and Viewing PDF Sources  
Importing Reference Material from Bibliographic Software  
Capturing Web Pages with NCapture  
Datasets and Mixed Methods
Combining Data Types in Research  
What Does a Dataset Look Like?  
Managing Data in a Data Set  
Coding Dataset Text  
Importing and Analysing a Social Media Data Set  
Analysing Datasets and Other Mixed Data Types  
Tools and Strategies for Visualizing Data
Why Visualise?  
Case Analysis Using Models  
Grouping and Conceptualizing  
Comparative Analysis with Charts and Graphs  
Explore Relationships Via the Modeller  
Build a Visual Narrative  
Mapping Connections - Building Theory  
Exploratory Visualization Using Cluster Analysis  
Exporting Models and Visualizations  
Concluding Comments  
Using Coding and Queries to Further Analysis
The Analytic Journey  
Queries in NVivo  
Common Features in Queries  
Seven Queries  
Using Coding and Queries to Further Analysis  
Creating and Customizing Reports  
Teamwork with NVivo
Getting Ready For Teamwork  
Options for Storing and Accessing a Team Project  
Getting Started as a Team with NVivo  
Using NVivo's Tools to Facilitate Team Communication  
Coding as a Team  
Combining Databases  
Comparing Coding by Different Researchers  
Moving On - Further Resources

I can see this book being used as a bible by qualitative researchers keen on maximising the benefits that NVivo can offer.  It is also likely to act as a frequent refresher resource for more experienced NVivo users, myself most definitely included.  

Andrew Edwards-Jones
Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK
Journal of Education for Teaching

Very useful for students undertaking research projects.

Mr Richard Pountney
Teacher Education, Sheffield Hallam University
December 18, 2014

A very useful supplementary text for students carrying out research projects at undergraduate and masters level.

Mr Richard Pountney
Teacher Education, Sheffield Hallam University
December 18, 2014

An essential companion for NVivo users which is well structured and will help guide you through the use of this software for your data analysis.

Ms Claire Lindsay
Department of Management, Edinburgh Napier University
December 10, 2014

Useful in support of colleagues undertaking coding of interviews and free responses in questionaires

Dr Brian Marsh
School of Education, Brighton University
December 10, 2014

For a qualitative data analysis textbook/reference book

Dr Zhidong Zhang
Colg of Education, Univ Of Texas-Brownsville/Tsc
December 10, 2014

This is a useful book but I have not finished reviewing it as yet

Tracy Ross
Department of Health, Social Care, Glyndwr University
October 3, 2014

This book is easy to follow and takes the reader through the steps of using Nvivo. It is written is such a way that is understanding of the problems the reader may experience and reader is one of the best guides to this software I have come across.

Dr Elaine Ritch
School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University
October 2, 2014

Great if using NVIVO for data analysis in a qualitative inquiry.

Sue Horder
Education, Glyndwr University
May 21, 2014

A useful resource if you are actively using NVIVO, keep the book beside you as you work through the computer programme

Mrs Helena Dunbar
School of Nursing & Midwifery, De Montfort University
April 23, 2014

New chapters on:

  • Handling a literature review
  • Visualizing data
  • Working in mixed methods and social media datasets
  • Approaching NVivo as a team

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