Welcome to the Introduction to NVivo module. NVivo is software that allows you to store, organise and analyse qualitative data, and it is installed on most computers at Curtin’s Australian campuses. Note that if you would like access on a personal computer, you can follow these instructions for a free download if you are an Australian-based Curtin student or staff member.
If you have any questions about this module, please contact Library-UniSkills@curtin.edu.au
What you will learn
This part of the module details how to set up a project in NVivo. The information is provided in a document, which covers both how to import different types of materials into the project (including Word, PDF, audio, video and picture files saved on your computer; survey data; web content; emails; and references and PDFs from EndNote) and how to store information about cases and files in the project using case and file classifications.
To follow along with the material covered in section two of the document onwards, you will first need to download and save the following files in an appropriate folder on your computer (you will then need to locate them in order to complete section two):
Analyzing Estuarine Shoreline Change: A Case Study of Cedar Island, North Carolina (link to item in the Library catalogue)
Once you have done this, work through the attached document:
This part of the module details how to analyse data in an NVivo project. The information is provided in a document, which covers how to organise project materials together according to specific themes and topics by coding into codes; how to use mind maps to visualise the layout of codes; and at how to conduct simple searches. It uses the sample project Environmental Change Down East.