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NVIVO: Managing literature sources for BEGINNERS

Start your literature review with one day hands-on workshop. This course is designed for the complete beginner as well as those who have used previous versions of the software but did not used it for their literature review. You will be introduced to how NVivo manages your literature sources such as journal articles,  e-books, and website resources. You will be shown how to use NVivo’s powerful search functions to search for key words and phrases across all your literature sources and ‘harvest’ or code the finds into thematic codes, and critically review the literature and carry out comparative and correlational analysis which you can never do by hand. This is a time saver course.

Aimed at

Researchers (early stage, mid stage)


‚ÄčPlease bring as many full text journal articles as you can download in PDF or any format, to build your literature review project. You may also export your EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley libraries into a zip file with XML, RIS format to import into NVivo.

Key learning outcomes

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:
  • Import into NVivo, literature sources, either as files or directly from reference manager software such as EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero libraries
  • Add annotations of ideas, explanations, and interpretations to key points in data.
  • Compare and critically evaluate the works of various authors by using framework matrices.
  • Use Node Matrix to compare different authors by topics to see which themes are well covered and which themes need further exploration.
  • Generate 'Word Cloud' of key words for poster presentation.
  • Use Models to present findings graphically.
  • Use queries to carry out in-depth analysis of the literature.
  • Import findings and analytical memos to Word for writing up.

Presented by

Dr Inma Andres

Session outline and aims

This is an interactive and practical workshop.

Specific skills focused on in this session

Research and information literacy, critical thinking skills

Health and Safety and general notice

Participants will be viewing presentations projected onto a SMART Board screen. Participants will be required to use a desktop PC or laptop during the workshop. 

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Brunel 3D Development Tool

Develops the following:

Skills needed to do your research and career

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Competencies

Develops skills relevant to the following domains of the RDF:

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