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EndNote and NVivo for Literature Review: Home

Using NVivo and EndNote for writing a Literature Review

NVivo can import PDF files and bibliographic information from EndNote.

When conducting a literature review NVivo can help you:

  • identify and tag:
    • key articles
    • key findings
    • influential authors
  • keep a track of:
    • critical quotes
    • ideas

This Library Guide will look at:

  • How to start a new project
  • How to import references and PDF files from EndNote into NVivo 
  • How to import webpages 
  • How to add and edit classifications imported from EndNote
  • How to create and edit Memos in NVivo
  • How to code PDFs and other sources in NVivo
  • How to use Queries in NVivo

What is EndNote

EndNote can be used to manage your references, insert citations in Microsoft Word documents and store and annotate your PDFs.

For more information see:

For more information about how to use and download EndNote see our  EndNote Library Guide

Download & install NVivo

Personal computers

Before installing NVivo, please ensure you have:

  • Checked NVivo System Requirements,
  • Have no other applications running - including virus protection software, Microsoft™ Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, on your computer

Download NVivo

CSU managed computers

NVivo should be installed on CSU managed computers using the Install Software (Windows) or Self Service (Mac) applications.

  • Close all other applications, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.
  • Click on the Install Software (Windows) icon on your desktop or select the Self Service (Mac) application.
  • Select NVivo from the list of programs and click on Run.

Professional Development Calendar

The Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies regularly runs training sessions on NVivo.

Please check the Professional Development Calendar.

The Library holds regular Workshops on how to import records from EndNote into NVivo and how to tag (code) sources for major themes in the literature. The Library does not offer any support for NVivo beside these workshops.

Analysis in NVivo 12 (Windows)

Accelerating your Literature Search PC

Analysis in NVivo 12 Mac

Accelerating your Literature Search Mac