Capture web pages

You can collect material from a web page using NCapture and then import it into NVivo.

To import captured web pages into your project, you need one of the following:

  • NVivo 12 (Windows)

  • NVivo 12 (Mac)

  • 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 web pages

To capture a web page and import it into NVivo:

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

  2. Click the NCapture button at the top of your browser. You can choose how you want to capture the web page and provide additional information about the captured content.

a  Select a Source type. You can choose to capture the full web page as a PDF or just the main article on the page as a PDF. The 'Article as PDF' option is designed for pages that contain one large block of text, such as a news article or blog post.

NOTE If you cannot see the option to capture the article as PDF, you should make sure that you have the latest version of NCapture installed in your browser.

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 web pages, refer to one of the following:

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Understand the capture options

When you capture a Web Page as PDF

  • The content including text, images, hyperlinks and layout is collected into an NCapture file that you can later import into NVivo as a PDF source. Other types of content from the web page—for example, Flash plug-ins, embedded video or audios—are not captured.

  • The browser width at the time of capture affects the size of the PDF in NVivo. NVivo chooses the page size and orientation that best fits the content. For example, if your browser window is full size, then (depending on the web site) you may find that the web page is converted to landscape and you need to scroll the content sideways to view the entire page in NVivo. You may want to experiment to find the browser width that produces the best results when you import the content into NVivo.

When you capture an Article as PDF

  • The main article including text, images and hyperlinks within the body of the text are collected into an NCapture file that you can later import into NVivo as a PDF source. Other types of content—for example, advertisements and links to other articles are removed.

  • There are a number of benefits when you work with the imported content in NVivo—for example, word frequency queries are not contaminated by the advertisements and the file size is smaller.

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