Master-class September 2020: NVivo Literature Reviews

A 1-day master-class giving practical advice to start managing your literature review from the beginning.

The course will provide strategies to help make your academic literature review more manageable and systematic, using NVivo software.


The course is held in ACSPRI's Melbourne Office

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Early bird cutoff date: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Course details:

This master-class gives practical advice to start managing your literature review from the beginning. The workshop will provide strategies to help make your academic literature review more manageable and systematic, using NVivo software.


Workshop - runs over 1 days
Course dates: Thursday 24 September 2020 - Thursday 24 September 2020

Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen has 19 years of research experience with more than 65 peer reviewed publications. She is the Founder & CEO of Adroit Research working in a number of geographically dispersed research teams around the world and teaching qualitative research methods in many universities. She has an Honorary Fellow position at Deakin University and led a longitudinal research project over 10 years based on the Go Girl Go For IT bi-annual event hosted by Deakin. She has in an Adjunct Professor position at Griffith University, studying digital natives, digital literacy and social inclusion. Jenine also founded and runs the highly successful non-profit, the Tech Girls Movement, which increases the participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) industries, engaging girls to build apps to solve problems in their local communities.

Week 1
About this course: 

This master-class engage participants with NVivo, with guidance on how to search, code, classify and query pdf articles, and import your Endnote/Mendeley/Zotero libraries to aid in meta-analysis. With tools for documenting decisions along the way, we work on building up a body of work that is useful in systematically establishing arguments for the use of theoretical frameworks, research designs, methods and techniques.


The literature review is not just about analysing the current state of research and identifying the research 'gap'; it should also assist in identifying appropriate theoretical frameworks, research designs, methods and techniques. Issues of depth vs breadth are considered, as are strategies for writing. This workshop discusses literature reviews for the above purposes and a practical way to deal with the volume of literature that needs to be reviewed.


The workshop is relevant to all researchers, particularly to early stage researchers with little experience of conducting systematic literature reviews.

Course syllabus: 


  • Importing literature and bibliographical databases
  • Capturing web data
  • Memo’ing
  • Searching and coding literature
  • Framework matrices and other matrix queries




Course format: 

This workshop will take place in a classroom.

Participants are to bring their own laptop with NVivo 12 for Windows installed.

Recommended Background: 

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Recommended Texts: 

​Useful texts:


Bandara, W., Furtmueller, E., Gorbacheva, E., Miskon, S., & Beekhyzen, J., (2015) Achieving Rigor in Literature Reviews: Insights from Qualitative Data Analysis and Tool-support. Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), Vol 34, 8, pp154-204


Booth, A., Papaioannou, D., & Sutton, A. (2012). Systematic approaches to a successful literature review. London, UK: Sage.

Course fees
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Participant feedback: 

Amazing very clear relevant lots of tools & resources. Jenine really knows her subject


Love it , hands on practise opportunities all the way through were really helpful


Met my specific needs - re engaged with basic NVIVO - thinking about planning.


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The ACSPRI Head Office is located at 763 Heidelberg Road, Alphington, just before the corner of Yarralea St.



The ACSPRI Office is only 20 minutes from the Melbourne's CBD via train. Accommodation located close to any of the City Loop train stations (Parliament, Melbourne Central, Spencer St, Flinders St and {on weekdays} Flagstaff) or other stations along the Hurstbridge Line will enable a very easy commute (see Transport below). We expect most visitors would appreciate staying quite centrally and there are numerous accommodation options. It is worth checking a travel website (expedia, tripadvisor, etc) to fine the best option for your budget and requirements, but we recommend staying close to a train station as per above.


Ivanhoe Quest Apartments are located 20 minutes walk east of the ACSPRI Office, along Upper Heidelberg Road.  You can also catch the train to Alphington Station from either Ivanhoe Station (2 stops - city direction) or Darebin Station (1 stop - city direction). You can also walk to Heidelberg Road (4 mins) take the 546 Bus to Yarralea Street, which is opposite our office.



Car Parking / Transport: 

Alphington Station is roughly 20 minutes from Melbourne Central (and other City loop stations) on the Hurstbridge Line and only a few minutes' walk from the ACSPRI office. There are also a number of bus lines that service the area. Bus services are very limited on weekends and the train is recommended. Click here for the journey planner.


By car, the quickest route for many local Melbournians will be via the Eastern Freeway and/or Chandler Hwy. From the CBD the Eastern Freeway from the Inner North will also probably be the quickest route. At that time on a weekend 20 minutes would allow plenty of time. Parking is usually available in Yarralea St or nearby but not on Heidelberg Road. 


Secure space is available to store bicycles at the office. The office is very close to Alphington Park, which backs onto the Yarra River and subsequently a vast network of Melbourne's bike paths.



Venue and Timetable: 

The course will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm each day (unless otherwise notified).

Breaks are usually held at 11:00 - 11:15, 12:45 - 1.15 and 2:45 - 3:00. Lunch and a small morning and afternoon tea are provided each day.