By Dr Lyn Lavery
Conducting a literature review is a central part of the academic research journey, particularly if you’re writing a thesis or dissertation. A literature review provides the background to your topic and forms the basis of your research question(s). Many students view the literature review as a difficult challenge, as they navigate a seemingly never-ending pile of references, and attempt to develop these into a coherent piece of writing. I view the literature review process as an opportunity to learn more about my topic of interest, and in order to maximise my enjoyment of this, I ensure I organise my information as efficiently as possible. This is where NVivo can play a crucial role.
If you’re not familiar with NVivo, it’s a popular qualitative data analysis application (learn more about it at www.qsrinternational.com). While it is primarily designed to analyse qualitative data such as interviews and focus groups, it’s essentially software that helps you analyse text. Literature is a form of text, and therefore NVivo’s analysis tools can be used to assist you with writing your literature review.
If you’re interested in learning more about this, there are a proliferation of blog posts on the topics including:
- Using NVivo for Literature Reviews
- Why Use NVivo for Your Literature Review
- Hone Your NVivo Skills with Literature Reviews
If you’d like to see how NVivo is used in a literature review project, we have a one-hour webinar coming up on September 23rd, especially for AUT postgraduate students. For details, and to register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8072782964059693569.