Coding Question on Nvivo10

Seeking Nvivo10 buffs.

I’m coming to Nvivo and coding after the Christmas Break and just doing reading/writing in the months before that- so its been a while and I’m rusty.

I’ve decided that actually I’ve got / going to have* layers of codes across my data – and I’m going to have different types of codes – some descriptive coding, some analytic coding, some in vivo coding (these are taken from Cathy Urquhart [2013])

So, my question

is there a way in Nvivo to either tag/label/group the different types of codes?

For example, lets say I wanted to look at only the in vivo codes – not my analytical codes – how should I best organise my nodes / coding to reflect this? so that I can explore later both the content and the type of different codes? Or if I want to go and code all my transcripts according my in-field coding and then come back and do a 2nd layer of coding over the top (more analytical, less thematic).

* I’ve done some in-field coding but it was in notebooks (not in Nvivo) and I’ve coded a few transcripts within Nvivo but not the bulk of them yet.


About Sarina Kilham

I'm a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Trained as a social scientist and with a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, I'm interested in farmer's experiences of growing feedstock for biodiesel production. My research has focused on biodiesel production in Brazil and Timor-Leste. Also on Twitter @sarinakilham and blogging at
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1 Response to Coding Question on Nvivo10

  1. Kath McNiff says:

    Hi Sarina – you could use ‘sets’ to organize your coding. For example, you could have a set for your in vivo codes. Sets are really just a collection of ‘shortcuts’ to the codes in your hierarchy. As for the different layers of coding – you can ‘code on’ from a node. So let’s say you code a transcript at descriptive themes (nodes in NVivo) then you can open one of these theme nodes and ‘code on’ to more analytical concepts. You might want to keep these analytical nodes in a separate folder from your descriptive nodes. In this blog post ( ), Hass Kahlil talks about using folders to organize nodes and keep track of the different coding stages – might be useful. Thanks for your post – helped me to get over my post-holiday stupor!

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