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Reference: Richards (2002), Using NVivo for Qualitative Data Chap 3 - documentation supplied with NVivo version 2

HyperRESEARCH logo Preparing data for HyperRESEARCH 2.6

Author of this page: Ann Lewins

Affiliation: University of Surrey

Date written: 13th Nov 2005




Location of files for use in HyperRESEARCH

It’s a good idea to keep all source files, regardless of type, in the same folder on your hard drive. This may be within the HyperRESEARCH folder, or it may be located elsewhere.

Naming files  and  Case Structure

Each file should also have a name that readily identifies its contents, and if your CASE structure in HyperRESEARCH is primarily concerned with one document, or each document is primarily concerned with one CASE, have something in the individual data file’s name which links it visually for you with the relevant case.

e.g. F1-Int

Might be a female interview mainly connected with CASE 1.

Word Files must be Saved AS Text only:

Files can be transcribed in Word – but must be Saved as, Text only

You can insert ~ Tildes to break file into pages (you will lose normal page numbering)

If you have inserted tildes (~) as page breaks in your source file, you can navigate through the pages using the arrows

If files are broken up by tildes    ~   they  break up the data into HyperRESEARCH sized  pages and you can navigate between the numbered pages using navigation arrows.

 If you have not done this you lose little in the way of advantages, the page number will read 1 of 1 and you will scroll in the normal way.

NOTE re  ~ tildes :   if ever you want to apply one code across all the data (e.g. ‘female’) it is easier to do it if you have not assigned tildes since you cannot code across a tilde


Units of context recognized usefully by HyperRESEARCH

The units of context which will be useful in HyperRESEARCH are the sentence identified by full stops, question marks etc; and paragraphs.   Do not make  paragraphs too long if you can avoid it.

  Saving as in plain text in word

Figure 1. Saving As plain text in Word

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