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Reviewing literature and analysing documents with qualitative analysis software course


Learn how to review literature and analyse documents efficiently and systematically.

Reviewing literature and analysing documents with NVivo

See also upcoming open registration workshops in using software for literature reviews 

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate types of literature review and document analysis

  • Make an informed decision as to an appropriate methodology for their needs

  • Develop a framework for undertaking a literature review and/or document analysis systematically

  • Navigate digital tools designed to facilitate literature reviewing and/or document analysis

  • Know where to go for more resources and advice in undertaking a literature review and/or document analysis


Who is this course for?

This course is designed for postgraduate students and early / mid-career researchers in any discipline working on or planning for a literature review or documentary analysis.

In addition, we also provide bespoke project support and consultancy, as well as one-to-one support and coaching for individual researchers and students.    


This course is fully adaptable for use with ATLAS.ti, Dedoose, Discovertext, f4analyse, MAXQDA, NVivo, QDA Miner, Quirkos or Transana.


Course overview and aims

Qualitative data analysis software can be harnessed to organise a range of types of materials and our ideas about them. This includes electronic copies of journal articles, and documents such as reports, public records and policy statements, amongst other materials.


Framed by reviewing and documentary analysis methodologies, this course provides an introduction to ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA, NVivo’s – or any other CAQDAS software’s - powerful tools that facilitate in-depth analysis of individual items, as well as cross-item comparison; all with a view to enabling structured, efficient writing of findings.


All our sessions are bespoke.


We work closely with you to understand your particular needs and future use of the software and design the right content, providing participants with a real sense of how they can best utilise the software to meet their particular needs, rather than what the software will allow them to do in a general sense. 


The design of each course therefore varies between clients, but examples of what can be included:

  • Types of literature review & document analysis – differentiating review methodologies and understanding their purposes

  • Review and analysis questions – developing focused questions to guide reading and appraising literature and documents

  • Planning a literature review or document analysis – considerations in ensuring reviews and analyses are efficient and systematic

  • Tasks involved in reviewing literature and analysing documents - working directly and indirectly with literature and documents

  • Digital tools for reviewing and analysing literature and documents – understanding the different role of bibliographic software and the tools available in the software

  • Coding, annotating, explanations and interpretations within the literature

  • Comparing and critically evaluating different texts, sources and authors

  • Structuring notes and writing up – tying report-writing with review objectives and sharing with different audiences



This course is tailored to you and can be provided as either a one, two, or three day equivalent session. The exact content will be worked up with you on the basis of participants’ likely uses and need. 

Format and documentation

All our workshops are hands-on, delivered thorough a blend of demonstration, discussion and practical exercises, rather than providing simplistic, mechanical instruction.


To deliver a tailored experience for participants, we work closely with you to understand their research goals and analytical strategies, allowing us to cover the most salient topics, as well as specialist needs arising out of individual projects.


Participants are provided with slide decks, reading lists and a range of resources to accompany the course and to support consolidation of the topics covered.



Does this sound right for you? Interested in finding out more? Not quite right, but looking for something similar? Drop us a line to see how we can help. 

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