ATLAS.ti for Qualitative Research: Coding In-Vivo and by List

This guide describes how to use the Atlas.ti, a software program, for qualitative research management and analysis

Code In-Vivo

If there is a portion of your data that itself is representative of a concept, you may want to use In-Vivo coding, which takes the highlighted text as its code name.  

Code by List

After you have created multiple codes, the Code by List option becomes available to you. You can select Code by List to choose from codes you have already applied  Once you select the code from the list, it is displayed in the same way that the other codes are displayed. This is especially useful if you have MANY codes that you continuously use and want to keep concepts straight.




Quick Coding

Quick Coding is when you are coding passages using the same code.  Simply bring up the coding menu and select "Quick Coding" and the last code you used will be assigned to the passage. Pretty simple, but this saves the often repetative process of typing words in the dialog box.  Also, notice  how ATLAS lists the last code you used.

quick coding

Other Locations for Coding Options

Just in case you want to know all the other locations for the coding options they are all shown here.

Code menu in task bar.

code menu in task bar

The Vertical Bar.

vertical bar

Notice the code symbols here match those next to the type of coding in the dropdown menus.  You can also hover over them with the cursor to get the type of coding.

There are also keyboard shortcuts, which you can see next to each coding option when you open the coding menu, and they are also listed below.

Open coding - control+shift+O

Code In-Vivo - control+shift+V

Code by List - control+shift+L

Quick Code - control+shift+Q


"Wait, I saw something called Autocoding, aren't you going to explain that?"

Yes, but Autocoding is more of an advanced function and gets its own page.  

Autocoding Page

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