Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
rutgers library logo dark

Graduate Specialist Program (New Brunswick Libraries): NVivo

Home page for the New Brunswick Libraries' Graduate Specialist Program

NVivo Overview

Welcome to the NVivo page! NVivo is a powerful software that supports qualitative and mixed methods research. This page provides information on the installation of NVivo, understanding NVivo editions, the key terms of NVivo, NVivo workshop information, as well as some useful resources for NVivo users. If you have any questions, please feel free to visit me during office hours or email me (Shari Cunningham) for an appointment.



Installation of NVivo

Rutgers has NVivo 12 available for both Mac and Windows. All faculty, staff, and students can use the program, and you need to log in with your Rutgers NetID. For those who prefer to use NVivo 11, you would have to purchase the license key. 

  1. Go to Rutgers Software Portal at
  2. Log in with your NetID and Password.
  3. Enter in the search box in the top right corner "NVIVO" 
  4. Download files are available under the "Downloads" tab at the bottom of the page.
  5. Your activation code is a download file as well.
  6. The license is time specific based on academic year.

After expiry ou will need to download a new license from the Rutgers Software Portal site. Check back  periodically to Rutgers Software Portal for updated versions of NVivo.






NVIvo Key Terms

Sources are your research materials, such as documents, PDFs and charts. 

Coding is the process of collecting material by theme, case or topic. 

Nodes are containers for your coding that represent themes, topics, or other concepts. 

Cases are containers for your coding that represent your "units of observation". 

Case Classifications allow you to record information about cases. 

Understanding NVivo Editions

There are three editions of NVivo software: NVivo Starter, NVivo Pro, and NVivo Plus. Each edition features a different level of functionality to support a range of research needs. 

NVivo Starter has all the functionality you need to work with text-based material such as documents and PDFs. This version is best for new users and those only working with text. 

NVivo Pro and Plus can analyze all data types, including charts, diagrams and maps, and also support working as a team. For analyzing social media content, you can only use NVivo Plus. 

Short Videos on how to use NVivo

Here are some useful resources for using NVivo software: 

Explore NVivo 12 Pro for Windows:

Explore NVivo 12 Plus for Windows

Workshop Information

​Spring 2020 Courses:

  • Introduction to NVivo - focuses on introducing key mechanisms of the software that may be applied to organize and conduct basic data analysis


  • Advanced Workshop using NVivo - focuses using additional software analysis tools and how to code various other forms of data beyond basic interview text 


  • Location: Alexander Library 4th floor 

© , Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to direct suggestions, comments, or complaints concerning any accessibility issues with Rutgers websites to or complete the Report Accessibility Barrier / Provide Feedback form.