Starting projects and importing documents in HyperRESEARCH v 2.6
Authors of this page: Celia Taylor¹ and Ann Lewins²
Date written: 15th Sept 2005
To open a new project
- The Open project dialog box appears. Select the Create New Untitled Study option. click the New button. See Figure 1.
- The top menu bar appears at the top of the screen. See Figure 2. Two windows open, the Study window and the Code List Editor. See Figure 2.
Figure 1. HyperRESEARCH Open project dialog box.
Figure 2. HyperRESEARCH desktop window
To open an existing project
- In the Open project dialog box. Select the Open Recent option if you want to work on the last project or version you were working on in HyperRESEARCH. click the Open button.
- If you want to open another project or version select the click Open other study... your project from the drop down list displayed. click the open button. The QDA Study Sources window opens, click on the project you want to open and click the open button.
To introduce new, transcribed documents into the programs
When you start a new project there are two things you can do introduce your transcribed documents (including any memos you've already written) or set up your coding system. Of course if you are following an inductive, exploratory approach to data analysis then you will need to introduce and read the documents before you come up with any coding. However, if you are basing your coding at least on some prior theory and research then you can enter codes into the project without initially any documents to work on. The documents can be added later. In most cases, however, you will probably want to work on documents and generate some, if not all, your codes from them.
In HyperRESEARCH a study can be made of a case or a number of cases. This is how your documents are organised. One document can be one case or a number of documents can be one case. For examples each respondent spoken to could be a case or all respondents that were managers could be in a case.
In HyperRESEARCH a source text (document) is only opened within the program, it is not imported. Therefore, the contents of a source text are not assigned to a case in HyperRESEARCH until a section of text has been coded with the relavent case and source text both selected and open.
To introduce a document
- Create a case name. click Cases in the top menu bar and click Rename....
- Type in the name of the case. click OK button.
- To open a document click Sources in the top menu bar and click Open source:Text....
- The Open File Dialog box appears locate the folder that contains your documents and click the document you want to assign to the case name. click the Open button.
- The Source window opens and displays the content of the document you have just imported. See Figure 2.
- To permanently assign a source text to a case you need to code a section of text, you can create a 'dummy' code (code you just create for this purpose and not part of your analysis).
- You can now customise how the text of your document is displayed in the Source window.
- click the Font Setting button (). The Select a Font and Size dialog opens. click the Font style and Size you require. A preview of how the text will appear is show in the shaded Sample box. click the Select button to implement your selection.
- To open further source documents click Cases in the top menu bar and click New. Then repeat steps 2 to 6.
Once you have introduced files they stay as part of the project. You can examine them at any time.
To examine documents
- click Sources in the top menu bar and click Open source:Text....
- The Open File Dialog box appears locate the file that contains your documents and select the document you want to examine. click the Open button.
- The Source window opens and displays the content of the document you have just selected. See Figure 2.
- Assign any code to a doicument to hard wire it to this project (link to coding section)
Inspect and edit a document
In HyperRESEAERCH you can not alter a source file once you have started to code it because it may change the material HyperRESEARCH associates with a given code reference. However, you print out your source file and make back up's. If you need to edit a document you must do this in Word save the file as 'Text Only' before you Open it and start working on it in HyperRESEARCH. Store all your documents in one folder.
Make a report on a document
If you want to do some coding away from the computer and need a hard copy, then you will need to produce a report of the document which can then be printed.
To report on a document
- Open the case you want to print by click Sources in the top menu bar and click Open source:Text....
- click File in the top menu bar and click Print.