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Kath McNiff

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  1. Hi Num, I'm not sure if it's the best solution, but there is software out there that claims to split large Word docs into smaller docs (you could save the text file as a Word doc). I came across a couple here: WordSplit MS Word Split Divide and Save Can't vouch for the quality but could be an option? Also, I think Perelandra's suggestion is a good one. Cheers, Kath
  2. Hi Kdeanna, Such a good question. All projects and methodologies are different, but here are my top 6 steps to a coherent coding tree: Keep node names short and pertinent. Don't force nodes into a hierarchy - if a node is not related to any other concept then leave it at the top level. Put your thematic nodes in a separate folder from 'case' nodes. Make sure a node only appears once in the whole hierarchy - don't put 'economic benefits' under 'program A' and again under 'program B' Don't combine concepts in a node. For example, instead of coding some text at: skeptical attitudes about government policy code it at both of these nodes: skeptical attitudes government policy [*]Prune your nodes regularly. Merge, reorganize, rename. Anyone else have their own top 6? Oh, and the sample project that comes with NVivo has a fairly simple node structure and might give you some good ideas. Cheers, Kath
  3. Hi Claudia, You are getting close! When you imported your 'Demo' spreadsheet NVivo would have created a node for each participant - as long as your spreadsheet had a column of participant names or IDs. Now, you can select your interview documents in List View and code them at the related nodes. So if you had: Mary Interview 1 Mary Interview 2 Mary Interview 3 Just click and drag to select Mary's interviews, right click and choose Code Sources...at Existing Nodes. Then choose 'Mary' from the list of nodes. Now everything Mary says is coded at her node (with all the attributes assigned). Oh, and if you want to change the classfication 'Demo' to something like 'Person' or 'Participant'...do a slow double-click on the classification name in List View. Hope this helps, Kath
  4. Hi Lewis, Another possible approach....you could capture an image of the timeline and stripes using a utility like Snagit or the SnippingTool (available under Accessories in your Windows Start menu). You can then save the graphic in whatever format you need. This is probably more successful with short videos but you could Zoom out on the timeline to include as much of the video as possible. Cheers, Kath
  5. Hi LeadershipInes, Just wanted to let you know that there is new information about reports available in the 'online' version of the NVivo Help. We have included more detail about using the report 'views', including a number of step-by-step examples. The 'online' help is displayed when you are connected to the internet (make sure you have selected the option 'Use online help when connected to the Internet' in Application Options). We hope you find the new material helpful and welcome any feedback you might have. Regards, Kathleen (technical writer)
  6. Hi LeadershipInes, Thanks for your post. I’m a technical writer here at QSR and am interested in your feedback on reports. We are looking to provide more information about reports – either in the online help or in animated tutorials. In the meantime, to create a report that lists ‘theme’ nodes and counts the ‘cases’ that are coded at them: 1. Choose the Node view and click Next. 2. Add Node.Name and Intersecting Node.Name into the Selected fields list and click Next. 3. Click Add, specify the following filters, and then click Next: Node.Name In <select a node folder or specific nodes> Intersecting Node.Classification.Name Equal to Case 4. To group the report by theme nodes, move Node.Name into the Selected fields list. 5. Click the Group Options button and, for Intersecting Node.Name , select Count records and click OK. 6. The next two steps of the wizard relate to the layout and look of your report, click Next to accept the defaults. 7. On the last step give your report a name and title and click Finish. Other things to note: The report cannot provide a list of references showing the intersection between the case nodes and the thematic node When you report on ‘ several tree or free nodes’ the report lists the intersecting cases for each thematic node – it cannot calculate a list of cases that intersect with all of the selected thematic nodes. Hope this helps. Cheers, Kath
  7. Hi Heather, I think your problem might be in step 2 (creating cases and coding content at them). Try this: 1. In the Nodes area, create a case for the adult (Frank). 2. In the Case Properties for Frank assign the attributes Male, Parent, Same Meal - No Resistance 3. In Sources area, right-click on Frank's transcript. 4. Click the menu option Code>Code>Code at Sources at Existing Node. (because cases are a type of node) 5. On the left, select the word Cases. 6. On the right, click the checkbox for Frank. 7. Click OK. Frank's transcript is now coded at the case Frank. NVivo knows that Frank is Male, Parent, and of the type Same Meal - No Resistance. Follow the same steps to create a case for the child (Lucy). The field notes may contain information about Frank and Lucy so.... 1. Open the field notes document. 2. Code content about Frank at the Frank case. 3. Code content about Lucy at the Lucy case. Follow these steps for all the participants. Now you should get results when you run the matrix query. I hope this helps. Regards, Kath
  8. Hi Heather, You should be able to get the information you are after... 1. Create the required attributes and values (gender: male/female, age: 20s/30s and a typological classfication...let's say personality type: ISFP/ETN/ENF) 2. Create cases and assign the attribute values. (for example, Mary is female, 20s and type ETN) 3. Go through documents and code content at the relevant cases. 4. Select the cases in List View and right click to add them to a set. Now you can create the query: 1. Create a matrix query 2. For the rows choose Selected Items, select the attributes Gender and Age and add them to the list. 3. For the columns choose Selected Items, select the attribute Personality Type and add it to the list. 4. From the In drop-down list, choose Selected Items and select the set containing the cases. 5. Run the query. You should get a matrix showing all personality types by gender and age (how many men are type ETN?) Double click to open a cell and see all the content coded there (all content coded at cases who are male and type ETN). I hope this helps. Regards, Kath
  9. Hi Reena, To link cases with documents you need to 'code' the documents at the appropriate cases. 1. In the List View, right click on the required document. 2. Click Code > Code>Code Sources at Existing Nodes. 3. In the left panel, click on the word Cases 4. In the right panel, check the box for the case. 5. Click OK. The document is now coded at (linked to) the case. I hope this helps. Kath
  10. Kath McNiff

    matrix coding queries

    Hi, Interesting question but I am having a little trouble with the second part. Can you explain what you mean by "I'd like to find evidence of different content coded at both of those nodes(at different locations) within the same document/source" Keeping it simple, let's say we use a matrix query to see whether adventure was mentioned by cases with a particular profile male. Create a matrix with the attribute male in the rows and adventure in the columns. The results will show you where content was coded at both adventure and at cases who are male. Double-click the cell to see the content. If you choose the OR operator then you would get content coded at adventure or at cases who are male - which wouldn't be very helpful in your case. Check that you have coded content at the appropriate cases and that these cases have attributes defined for them. Then NVivo knows who is talking about adventure and what their profile is. Am I getting close? Best Regards, Kath
  11. Kath McNiff

    Autocoding Cases

    Hello, Check that you have not used any special characters in the heading names (\ / : ' ? " < > |). These characters can cause problems with auto coding. Otherwise the process you are following sounds correct. If you have futher problems I recommend you contact QSR Support. Regards Kathleen
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    Autocoding Cases

    Hello, You can auto code your focus group document after you have imported it. During import you can only choose to code the whole document at a case (not its content). 1. Import the document. 2. Open the document and select Auto Code from Code menu. 3. Autocode by Heading 2 4. Select an existing case or create a new case to store the auto-coded cases under. 5. Click OK. I hope this helps Warm Regards Kathleen
  13. Kath McNiff

    N7 Query on attributes

    Hello, You can definitely use a coding query to see how women talk about family issues. 1. In your documents, make sure that all comments made by females are coded at cases that have the attribute value 'female'. (For example, make sure everything 'Mary' said is coded at the case 'Mary' and that the case has the 'female' attribute value assigned). 2. Run a Coding Query and click the Advanced Tab. 3. Click the Select button and select the node 'family issues' and click OK. 4. Click the Add to List button. 5. Click the Selected Node drop-down list and click Attribute Condition. 6. Click the Select button and select the female attibute value. 7. Click OK. 8. Click the Add to List button. The query criteria should look like this: Content Coded by Family Issues AND Coded by any case where gender = female 9. Click the Run button. The results should include content coded at familly issues AND coded at cases that have the female attribute. I hope this helps. Warm regards Kathleen
  14. Hi Clare, You can set up a case hierarchy by right-clicking on a case and adding new cases under it. In your scenario you could: 1. Add a School as a case. 2. Go to Sources and Import documents. 3. Select the required interviews ( For example, Mary 1, Mary 2, Mary 3 etc) 3. In the Import dialog, click the Code Sources at Cases button. 4. Click the Select button. 5. Click Cases on the left. 6. Select the School parent case on the right. 7. Click OK. The interviews are imported and coded at cases under the school parent case. You can merge the Mary 1,2,3 cases into a single Mary case (right-click and cut and then right-click and Merge) I hope this is helpful. Warm Regards Kathleen
  15. Hi, Menus in NVivo are 'context sensitive' which means they are shown or hidden depending on the context you are working in. To make the Format menu available, you need to open a source or model (because you can format the text in these items). The Format menu is not displayed when you are working in a Node because you cannot edit or format node text - you must do this in the original source. I hope this helps!
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    Importing Nodes

    Hi Sarah-Dawn, Oops! I thought you were using NVivo 7. For earlier versions of NVivo you'll have to follow Kristi's advice (previous post). Sorry for the confusion and good luck with your nodes. KathMc
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    Importing Nodes

    Hi Sarah-Dawn, You can easily import nodes from an existing project: 1. On the File menu, click Import Project. 2. Click the Browse button and locate the project whose nodes you want to import. 3. Click the Selected Items option. 4. Select the types of nodes (or other items) you want to import. 5. Click the Import button. I hope this speeds things up for you.
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