Capture online PDFs


You can collect online PDFs using NCapture and then import them into NVivo.

To import captured online PDFs  into your project, you need one of the following:

  • NVivo 11 for Windows

  • NVivo for Mac (Version 11)

  • NVivo 10 for Windows

  • NVivo for Mac (Version 10.1 or later)

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Capture online PDFs

To capture an online PDF and import it into NVivo:

  1. In your browser, display the PDF that you want to capture.

  2. Click the NCapture button at the top of your browser. You can provide additional information about the captured content.

a  The entire PDF is captured and becomes a PDF source  in NVivo.

b  Review the default Source name. This will be the name of the source once it is imported into NVivo. If you want, you can change the name.

c You can enter a short Description or a Memo:

  • The description could describe what you are capturing—it becomes one of the source's properties.

  • The memo could record your reasons for capturing this data and how it relates to your research. It becomes a linked memo when the source is imported.  

d  In the Code at nodes box, you can enter one or more nodes that you want to code the content to. Then, when you import the content into NVivo, the entire source is coded at the nodes you entered.

If you enter a node that does not exist in your project—or incorrectly type the name of a node—a new node will be created during import. If you want to code to an existing node in your project (for example, a child node in a hierarchy), you can enter the hierarchical node name—for example, economy\tourism.

e  Click Capture. The captured content is saved as an NCapture file which you can import into your NVivo project. For more information on importing online PDFs, refer to one of the following:

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