Resources for qualitative data analysis and users of NVivo

On this page you can access the following free resources (including those referred to in Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo):

·         Information about book publications on qualitative data analysis

·         Papers on qualitative research

·         NVivo reference guides  for those working with NVivo

·         Technical resources for those planning to use NVivo, including some tips on using heading styles and other formatting options in MS Word.

·         Sample NVivo project (the Researchers project) to illustrate tools and techniques for analysing qualitative data with NVivo.


Publications - books on qualitative data analysis


Qualitative data analysis: practical strategies (Sage, February 2013)                    

This comprehensive introduction to analysing qualitative data provides a clear, accessible and practical guide to each stage of the process, including:

·         Designing and managing qualitative data for analysis

·         Working with data through interpretive, comparative, pattern and relational analyses

·         Developing explanatory theory and coherent conclusions, based on qualitative data.

The book pairs theoretical discussion with practical advice using a host of examples from real world projects across the social sciences. It describes data analysis strategies in actionable steps and helpfully links to the use of computer software where relevant.


 For more information about this book, and sample text (Chapter 1) please visit:




Table of contents




Foundations for Thinking and Working Qualitatively

Designing for Analysis

Managing and Preparing Data for Analysis


Read, Reflect and Connect: Initial Explorations of Data

Codes and Coding: Principles and Practice

Naming, Organizing and Refining Codes

Alternative Approaches to Breaking Open and Connecting Data


Describing, Evolving and Theorizing Concepts

Comparative Analyses as a Means of Furthering Analysis

Relational Analyses


If… Then… Is It Because? Developing Explanatory Models and Theories

Developing Coherent Understanding

Defending and Extending: Issues of Quality and Significance



‘This is one of the most insightful books ever written on qualitative data analysis, and certainly the most detailed and comprehensive. Pat Bazeley has done a magnificent job of both covering recent developments, and providing a user-friendly presentation with numerous examples. This will be an indispensable resource for qualitative researchers.’ Joseph Maxwell, Graduate School of Education, George Mason University

‘Pat Bazeley has achieved the almost impossible task of preparing a text that is essential for both new and experienced qualitative researchers, and one that will challenge and enlighten both audiences. This remarkably comprehensive book will most certainly move qualitative inquiry forward.’ Janice Morse, College Of Nursing, University of Utah

‘Pat Bazeley has produced what is sure to become a core text for those working with qualitative data. She covers the whole process from first ideas through to explanatory models and theories… This excellent book is a thorough and entertaining resource that will be of use to both the novice and the more experienced researcher.’ Richard Freeman, Doctoral School, Institute of Education, University of London


Qualitative data analysis with NVivo (Sage, April 2013)

Second edition co-authored by Kristi Jackson (from Denver, CO)

Table of contents (based on version 10)

Perspectives: Qualitative computing and NVivo

Starting out, with a view ahead

Designing an NVivo database

Coding basics

Going on with coding

Cases, classifications, and comparisons

Working with multimedia sources

Adding reference material to your NVivo project

Datasets and mixed methods

Tools and strategies for visualizing data

Using coding and queries to further analysis

Teamwork with NVivo

Moving on - further resources


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.

For more information about this book and sample text (Chapters 1 and 2), please visit:


Qualitative data analysis with NVivo (Sage, 2007)

(based on version 7)

This is a book for three kinds of learners:

·         Those who prefer to learn by doing;

·         Those who want to learn new tools for data management and analysis on a need-to-know basis;

·         Explorers, who just want to play around and see what this software might do for them.

Learning any new software program, even just updating to a radically changed version, is a daunting prospect. If you’re like me, you groan at the thought, and wish for someone to stand by you to ease you through the process. This is what I attempt in this book—to be the guide beside you as you work though your first project in NVivo, helping you to make best use of the powerful and flexible tools offered by this latest version of the software. Readers are particularly encouraged to go beyond simply ‘identifying themes’ as they learn to choose and apply NVivo’s tools to a range of analysis strategies. Because researchers have different requirements and come to their data from different perspectives, the book shows how NVivo software can accommodate and assist analysis across those different perspectives and methodological approaches.

Papers – qualitative research

Pat Bazeley  Analysing qualitative data: more than ‘identifying themes.’ Based on a paper presented at Qualitative Research Convention, Qualitative Research Association of Malaysia, Selangor, 3-5th September, 2007. Published in the Malaysian Journal of Qualitative Research (Dec., 2009), Vol.2, 6-22.

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NVivo reference guides

NVivo 10 notes – instructions for main functions in NVivo version 10 (Windows). Users would benefit also from familiarity with the contents of Qualitative data analysis with NVivo 2e as it provides explanation of when and why you might use various tools provided by the software.

NVivo 11 notes – instructions for main functions in NVivo version 11 Pro (Windows). Again, users would benefit from reading Qualitative data analysis with NVivo 2e

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Technical resources to assist your work with NVivo

Formatting documents for NVivo using Word 2007 (see also notes on Writing with Word on the General Computer Use page)

This guide covers the following topics, for those preparing documents to import into NVivo:

About heading styles

Applying heading styles when transcribing text

Converting tables to text with headings

Converting text to table for analysis of ‘meaning units’

Creating and using a document template for structured text

Extracting text responses from a spreadsheet or database

Transcription symbols used in conversation analysis

Note that the notes on formatting data stored in a spreadsheet or database became redundant with NVivo 9 as it allows for importing a dataset directly.


Free demonstration software and getting started guidelines and video tutorials are available for various versions of NVivo from the QSR site ( – also accessible via the Help link in NVivo. The site also hosts a forum for users of NVivo, an NVivo blog, and provides answers to FAQs, a newsletter, and other useful resources.

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Sample NVivo projects – the Researchers project

The Researchers project comprises interviews and focus groups with researchers at different stages of career development who have told of their developing involvement in research and/or their experience of being a researcher. The study explores what brings people into research, and what holds them there as committed, productive researchers. This is now available through – the companion website for Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo, Second edition (Sage, 2013).

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