Why using NVivo for a literature review can be helpful

NVivo can help you organise, manage and write your literature review. Most of the NVivo tools covered in previous sections can also be applied to the analysis of sources for a literature review. Also, NVivo can import Endnote and other reference manager files, which means that you can import and classify the sources that you have previously stored.

The video below provides a brief overview of how the literature review process can be managed using NVivo.

Using NVivo for your literature review

The online tutorial embedded below will show you how NVivo can help you organise, manage and write your literature review. The video includes:

  • How to import your Endnote library, source classifications
  • Coding strategies by themes, topics, and authors
  • Text-based queries, coding, and matrix queries
  • How to create visual models.

QSR also provides this video tutorial for using NVivo 11 to conduct your literature review if you would prefer to see the new interface.

The La Trobe Library also runs classes in using NVivo for your literature review. Check for times and availability at the Library Research Smart Training site.

Summary of steps: conducting a literature review with NVivo