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  1. Have a look at: Wolcott, Harry F., 2001. Writing Up Qualitative Research 2/e. Sage Publications.
  2. I use an Olympus DS330, but there are some other to choose from depending on your needs. http://www.olympus.co.uk/voice/ Olympus software (included) is compatible with VivaVoice, but unforutnately it isn't a good voice recognition software. The highest quality is very good but the DS330 can only hold 2h30 of interviews at that quality. I never needed more than that capacity so I've never checked other alternatives. Olympus software, which I beleive is the same for every model, let you manage different formats, filters background noise, and slows down the speed if you need it when trascribing. You can also use short-cut keys to stop and restart the recording if you do not have a pedal. You might also like to have a look at what these guys are doing in Germany: http://www.audiotranskription.de/english/ Hope it helps,
  3. Hi Marta and Nicole, I completly agree with Nicole in what she says about the explorative study. As far as I understand in such studies the rigour comes from grounding your theory on the data, and not from its generalisability. If that is what you need, perhaps you shoould design your project in a different way; not an explorative study, but perhaps a descriptive or explanatory one. Just a thought...
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    Auto Coding Error

    Yeah, what Chris needs to do is only use heading 1, for all three questions, and a different label for each question: [heading 1] Question 1 [heading 1] Question 2 [heading 1] Question 3
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    Literature reviews N7

    Hi, I do not think having every document as a case would be a good idea. That's not what cases were designed for. Instead, what about having an external linked to your paper (pdf file I suppose) in which you can have all that information in standard headings so you can automatically code. Now since you might already have that information on your EndNote library, perhaps somebody in the forum could tell us if it is possible to import it, not as attributes, but as a sorce documet... Is this making any sense?
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    analyzing data

    Thanks again Daniel...
  7. Thanks, I'll try that one...
  8. armendaf

    analyzing data

    Jesus! that's a great tool. Is it possible to move the results from the Grouped Find to a model to get a map of all your coding?
  9. Hi Sue, thanks for your help. I tried what you adviced and it works fine, although is a bit time consuming to switch from the browser to the detailed view to copy bits and pieces. I thought it would be possible to import a copy of the web page, as it is, so I could code directly from it on the detailed view. This is not possible, is it?
  10. Hi, How do you add a web page to your list of source documents? I remember seeing Fiona do it last year in Durham when demonstrating NV7, but I can't remember the steps.
  11. Hi, I'm trying to do a similar thing and wonder if anybody can advice. I'm working on a chronology of critical events of an iniciative, which is part of a case study. I would like to read through all my documets and identify such critical events without having to worry which one came first until I have finished and sort them chronologicaly. Perhaps using nodes labeled key event 1, 2, 3, etc. If there was a way to athach a date to the nodes, at the end I could just sort them chronologicaly and merge those that have the same date. Any ideas will be most appreciated,
  12. Hi Mark, So you are confused. Good! That’ll keep you motivated to learn more and more from your project; which is the whole point of doing a Doctorate. I can understand your problem since my background is engineering and I’m also working in a PhD on business studies which is purely qualitative. Just for the record, I’m exploring strategic change across levels of analysis due to technological innovation. Those people at your Doctoral Consortium did have a point when they said that you were describing a “phenomenon” but not “theory”, in that respect -and so you have some defence when it happens again (and it will!)- I usually follow Mintzberg advice which goes roughly like this: “I’m in the research business to learn new things; not to test what I think I already know”. I’ve found that, until you have fully understood the phenomenon you are looking at, you can not talk about theory. You have to know how it works, its mechanics, antecedents and consequences. While you are at it, you will also have a look at how other people have studied the same, or a similar, phenomenon. In time you’ll be able to pick up aspects of it that have attracted other people’s attention, and more importantly, aspects of it that seem not to have caught anybody’s attention; which hopefully will be your contribution to the field. Only then, you can start talking about theory and how well justified it is. So my first advice is to be patient, and to try to locate your specific study within the cycle of theory building. A reference that I recently came across about that is Carlile & Christensen, 2005 (I hope the link works): http://www.innosight.com/documents/Theory%...ion%206.0%22%22 Cathy gave you a very interesting couple of references to look at, some of which I should look at myself –thanks Cathy!- So I’m just going to add two more: Strauss & Corbin 1998, Basics of strategic research; to start looking into grounded theory. Read this first before the other tons of books and papers written on it. Miles & Huberman 1994, Qualitative Data Analysis; for some practical advice on how to start making sense of the data. Good luck, and keep asking; it’s the only way to get there.
  13. If you do not trust NVivo seven (for now), why don't you buy NV2, together with the maintenance agreement, since money doesn't seem to be a problem. Start working and if at any point you feel like you could use some of the extra features in NV7, my understanding is that you can have it for free, as long as you have a valid maintenance agreement. Please correct me if I'm wrong
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    N6 vs. N7

    N6 is a previous version of the software, and since NVivo7 was developed to substitute both N6 and NVivo2, I see no point in buying any of the latter. It is like wondering which operating system to buy Windows 95 or XP.
  15. Hi, Have you read this document? It might help http://caqdas.soc.surrey.ac.uk/ChoosingLew...lverV3Nov05.pdf