You can auto code your document sources by paragraph if they are tightly structured—for example, where each paragraph explores a different theme. NVivo makes a node for each paragraph and uses the paragraph number as the node name. You can rename the nodes as required.
To auto code sources by paragraph:
In Navigation View, click the folder containing the document sources you want to auto code.
In List View, select the required source. Click and drag to select multiple consecutive sources or hold down the CTRL key to select non-consecutive sources.
On the Code menu, click Auto Code.
The Auto Code dialog box is displayed.
Click the Paragraphs option.
In the Code at Nodes panel, you can choose to store the created paragraph nodes as children of
An existing node
Select ExistingNode from the drop-down list.
In the Name field, click the Select button.
The SelectProjectItem dialog box is displayed.
On the left, select the required folder.
On the right, select the required parent node. If the parent node has a nickname you can select it from the Select item from nickname drop-down list. Click the Filter button to find nodes based on specific criteria—click theSelect All button to automatically select items matching the criteria.
A new node
Select NewNode from the drop-down list.
In the Location field, click the Select button.
The SelectLocation dialog box is displayed.
To store the new node at the root level of a folder, click Folders on the left and select the required folder on the right.
To store the new node as a child of an existing node, select the TreeNodes or Cases folder on the left and select the existing node on the right. If the parent node has a nickname you can select it from the Select item from nickname drop-down list. Click the Filter button to find nodes based on specific criteria—click theSelect All button to automatically select items matching the criteria.
In the Name field, enter a name for the new node.
The paragraphs in the selected sources are auto coded to the selected nodes. To see the new nodes, click on the Nodes button in Navigation View.
Where a source has more than 9 paragraphs, nodes are not displayed in numeric order (since node names are sorted alphabetically by default). To display the nodes in numerical order click on the Created column heading.
Using the Coding Toolbar: