NVivo for your Literature Review: Managing reading lists


This is the second in a series of posts about using NVivo for your literature review. In this post, I will discuss ways NVivo can help simplify and manage reading lists. It might sound frivolous but think about all the different places you might have jotted down books or references you want to read…. well, NVivo is actually an excellent way of keeping all that information together!

When it comes to doing a literature review, there are a number of stages we go through and a wide variety of resources we use. The first is finding relevant references. Here are some potential resources to do this:

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NVivo, literature review, research design and analysis


NVivo and the literature review

In my last post, I wrote about some of the benefits I have encountered using NVivo for a literature review. Over the course of this year, I am going to be doing a series of posts that will go through the process of using NVivo for a literature review. The posts will be broken down into different sections:

  1. Sources in your literature review: What types of files you can introduce, how to introduce them, the different ways of sorting them into folders, using memo’s and purpose of memo’s in NVivo. This includes items like web content, journal articles and your own notes.
  1. Importing your endnote library into NVivo, as well as instructions on how to do this. A lot of people are excited by this new feature that NVivo has so I think it deserves a post all on its own!
  1. Different ways of coding your literature review in NVivo: This is important because coding for a literature review is vastly different to coding and analysing you data and structure and purpose. The reason you are coding is different, and so are the nodes you are creating. You will also use those nodes differently when it comes times to writing.
  1. Queries. This is largely dependent on your coding. I will go through some of the queries and features of NVivo that are particularly useful for the literature review, along with how to use them. It is important to understand that there is a big link between some of features such as queries and coding. In fact, many of these features are largely dependent on the coding.

Research design and analysis

I will also be writing posts about research design and qualitative analysis. This seems to be something a lot of students get confused or lack confidence in, so I want to provide some thoughts on those areas as well. Topics include:

  1. Designing qualitative research. This post will largely deal with talking about the idea that there are different methods and methodologies when it comes to qualitative research. The post will describe some of the differences between them, and also give tips on helping identify which method you might be using. This is because I have often found students “doing” qualitative research often don’t know which method they are using themselves!
  1. Qualitative analysis. It seems that often, students are not taught about the different ways of analysing qualitative data. It is often dependent on the method used (but some students are not sure of that) and often, people lack confidence or knowledge when it comes to analysis stage of their research. In this post, I will talk about some of the different ways to approach analysis of qualitative data.

So that just gives an idea of what some of the upcoming content is for the start of this year. If there is anything else you would like to see, or something you would like to see more of, please let me know!

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