During COVID-19, Research Commons' services continue.

SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with the Research Commons staff and partners. Consultations are available by phone, via email, or through online video-conference.

Not finding what you're looking for? Please get in touch with us at research-commons@sfu.ca so we can discuss your research support needs. 


What is NVivo?

NVivo is a software package that helps with the organization and analysis of unstructured data. It will help you:

  • classify, sort, and arrange information
  • examine relationships in your data
  • guide your data analysis

NVivo will allow you to:

  • test theories
  • identify trends in your data
  • cross-examine information in many different ways, using its search and query functions

The observations you make through NVivo can help build a body of evidence to support a case or project.

NVivo supports data formats such as audio files, videos, digital photos, Word, PDF, spreadsheets, rich text, plain text, web sites and social media data (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube). You can import data from applications like Microsoft Excel,Microsoft Word, IBM SPSS Statistics, EndNote, Microsoft OneNote, SurveyMonkey and Evernote. 

Software availability

In Spring 2013, SFU Library acquired a site license for NVivo Software for the use of SFU students, faculty, staff, and SFU-based members of research teams. Currently, the Library has committed to making this software available through to April 2022.

Computer labs

NVivo12 for Windows is available in labs 2105 and 4009 in the Bennett Library, Burnaby Campus, and on Windows machines throughout the library, as well as on the Macs in the Research Commons.  It is also available on the lending laptops.

At SFU Vancouver, NVivo is installed in Harbour Centre lab 1350 and on computers in Belzberg Library.

At SFU Surrey, NVivo is installed on computers in Fraser Library. 

NVivo is available in various departmental labs on the 3 campuses -- check with your LAN Administrator to verify or request installation.

Individual computers

Please see NVivo: Getting Started for information on downloading NVivo software, for Windows or for Mac, to a personal desktop or laptop computer.