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Updates, tips and additions to NV7 instructions for users of NV8 (and my book) Pat Bazeley www.researchsupport.com.au These notes assume familiarity with NV7 and with the contents of my book (Qualitative data analysis with NVivo, Sage, 2007), adding to the instructions and explanations given there and detailing changes in NV8. Contents Updates, tips and additions to NV7 instructions ........................................................................ 1 for users of NV8 (and my book) ................................................................................................ 1 Contents ................................................................................................................................. 1 Changes to terminology to accommodate new sources ......................................................... 1 New options for List View..................................................................................................... 1 Changes to coding from RMB menus .................................................................................... 1 Changes to displaying tree nodes in List View ...................................................................... 1 Changes to exporting/printing nodes ..................................................................................... 1 Merging nodes (NV7/8) ......................................................................................................... 2 Coding-on uncoded data from a parent node (NV7/8) .......................................................... 2 Making the coding density bar a default display (NV7/8) ..................................................... 2 Options for coding to cases in NV7 or NV8 .......................................................................... 2 Changes to auto coding in NV8 ............................................................................................. 2 Changes to See Also Links in NV8 ....................................................................................... 3 Text Search Query – searching for stop words (NV7/8) ....................................................... 3 Changes to Compound Query (e.g., for text searches) ......................................................... 4 Working with multimedia files in NV8 ................................................................................. 5 Importing and storing audio and video files ...................................................................... 5 Playing audio/video files.................................................................................................... 5 Viewing images ................................................................................................................. 5 Coding media files ............................................................................................................. 6 Linking media files ............................................................................................................ 6 Charting your data.................................................................................................................. 6 Charting frequencies direct from List View ...................................................................... 6 Using the Charts wizard ..................................................................................................... 6 Copying and exporting charts ............................................................................................ 8 Teamwork tools ..................................................................................................................... 8 Defining User Profiles ....................................................................................................... 8 Importing a project ............................................................................................................. 8 Comparing coding .............................................................................................................. 8 Models – Tips for increasing working space (NV7/8)........................................................... 9 Note: RMB = right mouse button

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Changes to terminology to accommodate new sources Several terms used in NV7 have been changed in NV8, in recognition that Sources in NV8 might include multimedia files: • Documents have become Internals. • In the Context menu on the RMB: Words, Paragraph and Heading Level have been changed to Narrow and Broad, with a Custom option as well. Paragraph, the most commonly required option, has become Broad (unless you change its definition for your work via Tools > Options > General > Coding). New options for List View As well as allowing for a view of details for each listed item, items can be shown as thumbnails – particularly useful for pictures (if you want to restrict which pictures are included, make a set of them and view thumbnails in the set, cf. Help > picture gallery). 

Click in the List View (to make it active).



From the View menu, select List View, and then an option for detail (the default view) or thumbnail (small, medium or large).

Changes to coding from RMB menus This has become more efficient, requiring only two steps to reach the appropriate menu, rather than three. • Coding and Uncoding of an entire Source can now be done only from List View. • When an extract is selected, the only RMB options available are to Code/Uncode Selection. • Selections are cleared when the Select Nodes dialogue is closed (hallelujah!) Changes to displaying tree nodes in List View There is now an option (RMB) to Expand (or Collapse) All (or a selected node). The information displayed in List View can be customised to suit your needs. 

Click in the List View (to make it active).



From the View menu, select List View > Customise Current View. Use the arrows in the dialogue to choose which fields are shown.

 If you want to print/save your list, you might want to turn off most of the added detail, such as dates and authors. Changes to exporting/printing nodes  From the RMB, select Export/Print > Export/Print Tree Node, and then check your Export/Print Options. To export or print text in document format, choose to Export/Print > Reference View. For files which may contain multimedia segments, choose to Export > Entire Content – this will save as .html and open as a Web page (cf. Help > exporting).

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Merging nodes (NV7/8) !

When you merge a node with a memo with another node, if you don’t select to merge the memo then the memo is lost, i.e., to maintain the linked memo as a separate item you need first to break the link with the node.

Coding-on uncoded data from a parent node (NV7/8) 

Make a node which holds all the data in the relevant child nodes (select them and RMB to Save as a Node), then use a Coding Query to find text coded at the parent node AND NOT coded at the new node you have just created.

Making the coding density bar a default display (NV7/8) This is useful when you are in the coding phase of your project:  Go to Tools > Options > Display and next to Coding stripes display change None to Coding Density Only. If you need to edit a document, or write in a memo, you will need to access the coding stripes options (from the View menu or toolbar icon) and select None. Don’t forget to turn the density bar back on before returning to coding! Options for coding to cases in NV7 or NV8 

Code individual sources as cases on import.

 Tidy up your document names before importing! Or, after importing your sources: If your Cases are represented by single sources: 

Select the sources representing Cases in the List View, right-click, and choose Create As > Create Cases. (This will make a case node for each source.)

If your Cases involve multiple whole documents: 

Select the sources representing a single Case in the List View, right-click, and choose Code Sources > At New Node. Select Cases as the location, and then name the new node.

If several cases are combined within a source document (e.g., from a focus group): 

Prepare the document by using consistently applied heading (paragraph) styles to identify each case (cf. data preparation notes on my web site).



Auto code the document.

Changes to auto coding in NV8 • The term ‘Headings’ has been replaced with Paragraph Styles. • All is not provided as an selection option. If you want to code for multiple headings at the same time (e.g. to mimic the structure of a survey with subquestions), then select all the appropriate paragraph styles at the same time (ignore ‘normal’). Otherwise, as before, select just the level you want to code for (see Figure 1).

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NV8 can handle non-English style labels, and variations on ‘pure’ heading styles (e.g., Heading 2 + Red, etc.) – but beware that use of paragraph styles rather than heading styles means that levels are not recognised e.g., coding on Heading 2 will now include Heading 1 if it appears before another Heading 2.

Figure 1: Auto code selection dialogue

Changes to See Also Links in NV8 To make a link to a specific extract: 

Starting from the extract (e.g., video segment, text passage), highlight and copy it.



Go to where you want the link to come from, select an ‘anchor’ and RMB > Paste as See Also Link. The anchoring text will be highlighted in pink to indicate the presence of a linked extract.



Access See Also Links from below the text by turning on View > See Also Links or clicking on

in the View toolbar.

Making a See Also Link to an entire project item is unchanged from NV7 (Links menu). Text Search Query – searching for stop words (NV7/8) Stop words (see list in Help under Text Search: Special Characters and Operators) are not included in a text search or Word Frequency Count. These include such English words as ‘a’ and ‘the’, thus preventing queries looking to compare use, say, of ‘the baby’ compared to ‘my baby’. To overcome this, change Index Language option to 'None' at either Application level (Tools > Options) for all future projects, or Project level for a current project: 

Select File > Project Properties > General.



Change the Index language to None.

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Changes to Compound Query (e.g., for text searches) Additional operators have been introduced to the Compound Query options. In NV7 the only options for relating the first subquery with the second were proximity operators (NEAR, with various options for how near). These have been extended to include AND, OR and AND NOT. What this means, for example, is that it is now possible to use this tool to check coding, as follows (using the Researchers project as an example): 

Set up a Text Search Query as subquery 1 (e.g. to search for excit* or thrill*).



Choose AND NOT as the operator.



Set up a Coding Query > Simple as subquery 2 (using the node excitement)

This will find any words starting with excit or thrill that are not already coded at excitement.

Figure 2: Compound query dialogues for checking coding

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Working with multimedia files in NV8 Importing and storing audio and video files Importing internal files in NV8 remains essentially the same process as it was in NV7, regardless of the type of file.  Large video or audio files (default is greater than 20 mb) will normally remain separate from the project file, but once they are ‘imported’ you can still work with them as if they were part of the project file. 

Set limits on the size of embedded files in Tools > Options > Audio/Video.

 Check Help > embedding media for additional information about options for storing video and audio files.

Playing audio/video files 

Double click the file to open it in Detail View.



Click on Play in the Media toolbar. You can also choose to pause, fast forward, rewind, etc. from the media toolbar. Play Pause Rewind

Forward Mute Volume

Skip

Speed

Speed

Selection start stop

Play mode

Figure 3: Media toolbar



You can transcribe within NVivo. Check Help > Search > (and type) Transcribe while playing, and Help > transcribing for options on combining transcripts with audio/video files. Transcribing within NVivo allows you to create time-stamped segments of text to match the wave file.

 Consider carefully whether importing a full audio or video file is going to add benefit to your project (over, say, importing a transcript or notes). This will depend very much on the kind of data you are dealing with (e.g. observations of children, vs interviews with adults). Add additional columns to log entries for audio/video files 

From the File menu, select Project Properties and then the Audio/Video tab. Custom transcript fields can be added or removed for either audio or video.

 Custom fields will be displayed for all video or audio files in the project. Viewing images 

Double click the file to open it in Detail View. Options for working with pictures are mostly in either the View menu or the Picture menu, or on the RMB menus.



Optionally choose whether or not to record a log for selected regions in the picture (View > Log).

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Coding media files Pictures 

Drag to select a region for coding.



Right click to choose to code to a new or existing nodes; or drag to a node.

 The matching row in the Log needs to be separately coded. Video/audio 

Using either the media toolbar or the right mouse menu, mark the start of a selection on the voice file. Repeat with the appropriate choice to end the selection.



Code the selection using the RMB or by dragging to a node.

 You can select and code only one section at a time.  The transcript needs to be separately coded. Linking media files Memos, annotations and see also links can be added to media files. 

For memos, link as for documents.



For annotations and see also links, select as for coding.

Charting your data NVivo 8 offers a range of charting possibilities – from simple pie charts based on (demographic) attributes and bar charts showing the top 20 nodes in a document, to more complex 3D charts based on matrix results or other combinations of nodes and attributes. Charting frequencies direct from List View  To chart the top 20 nodes occurring in a source (based on proportion of the document coded at each node): Select document in List View, RMB > Chart Document Coding.  To chart the top 20 documents coded by a particular node (based on proportion of each document coded at the node): Select the node in List View, RMB > Chart Tree Node Coding. Using the Charts wizard To display demographic (or other attribute) information 

From the Tools menu, choose Charts... (or select



Select Cases by attribute value for an attribute (or for two attributes).



In the Chart Wizard, select the attribute/s you want to display.



Indicate which attribute values you want displayed (normally All attribute values except ‘Unassigned’, ‘Not Applicable’).



Choose the type of chart you want. (Use Pie for a single attribute; try 3-Axes Column or Grouped Column for two attributes.)

from the View toolbar)

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To view the distribution of coding across sample sub-groups (attribute values) !

Charting nodes by an attribute value is potentially useful but is also dangerously subject to misinterpretation (see below).



From the Tools menu, choose Charts... (or select



Select Coding by attribute value for node (or nodes).



In the Chart Wizard, select the node or nodes you want to chart, and the attribute you want them sorted by,



Indicate which attribute values you want displayed (normally All attribute values except ‘Unassigned’, ‘Not Applicable’).



Select the information you want displayed for each attribute value (Y-axis), i.e. Percentage coverage, Number of coding references, or Number of cases coded.



Choose the type of chart display you want to use.

from the View toolbar)

 Two dimensional (2D) charts are less ‘jazzy’ but can be much easier to interpret than 3D. !

Be careful about interpreting numbers of coding references or cases in these displays: the values are absolute and so they do not take into account variations in the number of cases you have with each attribute, i.e., there will appear to be more coding for members of larger groups.

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Charting a matrix result 

From the Tools menu, choose Charts... (or select



Select Matrix, then, Select the matrix result you want to display (this has to be a saved result in either the Results area (under Queries) or the Matrices area (under Nodes).



Select the display options and display type best suited for the type of matrix you are using.

!

Charts based on matrix results involving attributes are not adjusted for differing numbers having each attribute value and so can give a false impression of the distribution of responses across groups.

from the View toolbar)

Copying and exporting charts Charts are not directly saved within NVivo, but they can be copied and pasted into Office (or similar) applications, or they can be exported as picture files. If the copied chart is pasted as an Internal (in the List View) it will be saved as an Image source. Teamwork tools NV8 provides added tools to combine and track the contribution of different team members to a project, and to provide for coding comparisons as a way of facilitating common approaches across a team. (cf. Help > teamwork and related topics). Defining User Profiles When NV8 is launched for the first time, the NVivo user dialogue requests a name and initials. These will become the default user on that computer. 

If multiple users are accessing the same copy of NVivo, from Tools > Options > General, check the box next to Prompt for user on launch.



To change or add a user while the program is running, in Tools > Options > General, provide the requested User details (can be either existing or new).

 Any items created or modified will be identified in List View by user initials.  Users can be identified in coding stripes (View > Coding Stripes > Selected Items > Users).  Node content displays can be filtered by user (View > Coding by Users > Selected Users). Importing a project • There are additional options in NV8 regarding what items are imported as part of a project (check File > Import Project). Comparing coding Two measures of agreement between coders are provided in NV8: • Percentage agreement is calculated from the number of units (usually characters) for which two coders (or groups of coders) are in agreement (including both presence and absence of coding for the particular node), compared to the total number of units.

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The Kappa coefficient is a statistical measure of the level of agreement between two coders which takes into account the amount of random (chance) agreement which could be expected to occur. In NVivo, this coefficient is calculated at a very fine level (e.g. characters), and is therefore likely to produce lower estimates of agreement than might otherwise be expected.



Navigate to Queries > New Query (in List View) > Coding Comparison Query.



Select the Users (or User groups) to be compared, the Nodes they are to be compared on (e.g., Tree Nodes), and the Sources to be compared. Options for Display (Display Kappa Coefficient and Display percentage agreement) are checked already.

Results of the coding comparison are presented for each node used in each source, in table format in Detail View. Result columns include: • Source size – total number of units in the source being coded (characters for documents, duration to 1/10th of a second for media files, pixels for images). • Kappa – 1 indicates perfect agreement (identical coding), 0 or less indicates no better than chance. • Agreement (%) – overall level of agreement between coders (a combination of the next two columns). • A and B (%) – the percent of units coded by both coders. • Not A and Not B (%) – the percent of units coded by neither coder. • Disagreement (%) – overall level of disagreement between coders (a combination of the next two columns). • A and Not B (%) – percent of units coded by A but not coded by B. • B and Not A (%) – percent of units coded by B but not coded by A. To view details, e.g. of a problem area: 

Double-click any line of the results, to be shown the particular source with coding stripes detailing coding for that particular node, as assigned by each user.

 Use this display for team discussion about what ‘should’ be coded at this node. Models – Tips for increasing working space (NV7/8)  When you’re working in a model, if you don’t need them, go to the View menu (in either the main view or the undocked window) and turn off the Model Shapes palette (you can access these at any time from the RMB) and the Model Groups. This gives you a lot more room for working in.  Zoom down (say, to 75%) to see more model in the space available (View menu).  Change the default item style (via File > Project Properties > Model Styles) to 8 point font size and maybe also to Arial Narrow font (or another small one).

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