Whether you are using NVivo for your literature review or another purpose, Coding is how you will spend most of your time.
The essential process involves:
You should have at least some preliminary Nodes in mind before you begin reading and Coding within NVivo. The previous page of this guide discusses optional brainstorming functions within NVivo to help you with identifying Nodes.
To create a Node, open the Create tab on the top ribbon (or select Nodes in the Navigation View and right-click in the List View) and select Node. The New Node box looks like this.
Here are some pointers to assist with creating Nodes.
The New Node box has an option to "Aggregate coding from children".
To merge one Node into a second Node, click on the first Node and select Copy (by right-clicking or Ctrl-C). Then right-click on the second Node and select Merge into Selected Node.
The first step is to set up your NVivo workspace.
Now, as you read through the source document,
After each instance of Coding,
For some qualitative research projects, it can be better to avoid Coding the same text to multiple Nodes. But for literature reviews, Coding text to multiple Nodes where relevant can be helpful.
In practice, Coding Stripes are very helpful. Especially in the early stages of Coding, you will find it necessary to refine your Nodes as your reading progresses. As a result you will probably need to chop and change your Coding.