HDR candidates stress over the gargantuan task of completing a literature review in their thesis. Success of completing this major milestone in their journey hinges on skills of organisation. Of essence is the necessity to provide such students with a time management strategy that generates quality of work and enhances their life/work balance. NVivo is a CADAS program manufactured by QSR international that allows the paperless storage and write up of many aspects of qualitative data. More importantly, to both quantitative and qualitative HDR candidates throughout many disciplines in universities it provides an efficient system to store (paperless) research for a literature review. NVivo has the advantage of functionalities that allow the student to visualise emerging themes of the literature pertaining to the research question The seven NVivo steps focuses on teaching HDR students’ specific time efficient tools and skills that are available in NVivo to complete their literature review more efficiently. Each step provides timely and efficient searches, storage and analysis of literature reviews. The processes in each step are as follows: • Step 1: Internals-create literature review folder • Step 2: Data base searches • Step 3: Ncapture • Step 4: Import-Ncaptured data from cloud and Endnote • Step 5: Create nodes, codes and classify • Step 6: Analysis- queries and cluster analysis • Step 7: Model and Matrix frameworks Visualisations are possible at steps 5 – 7 enhancing the deep understanding for the student of emerging literature themes. By systematically following the processes in each of the seven NVivo steps students can equip themselves with time effective skills to complete a literature review.
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