Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

The Qualitative Report


Nova Southeastern University


School of Education




O'Neill, M. M., Sarah, R., & Lamb, J. T. (2018). Using NVivo™ for literature reviews: The eight step pedagogy (N7+ 1). The Qualitative Report, 23(13), 21-39.

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While a literature review is a necessary milestone to be completed by all researchers in a timely and efficient manner, it is often one of the most difficult aspects of the research journey. Moreover, traditional approaches often leave novice researchers, to struggle with the conceptualisation of their literature review, now complicated by the overwhelming quantity of research available online. This paper presents a rationale the use of Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS) programs for literature reviews. QDAS tools allow the researcher to explore large amounts of textual documents to see patterns. These programs are often overlooked by novice researchers due to their complexity and the lack of expertise provided to assist them. To combat this dilemma our paper outlines the N7+1 approach to using Nvivo11™ for literature reviews. Through this approach researchers can develop an “auditable footprint,” keep everything in one place, and go paperless.

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