All-in-one Literature Review Software

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  • All-in-one literature review software. Easily manage, organize, and analyse articles, PDFs, bibliographic data (RIS files), excerpts, and more
  • Easily create literature reviews
  • Offers reference management, qualitative, vocabulary, and text analysis tools
  • Easy to use and learn thanks to its user-friendly interface. We also offer a wide range of free video tutorials and other learning materials ideal for new users
  • 100% identical on Windows and Mac

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Core features of MAXQDA for Literature Reviews

All-in-one Literature Review Software

Use MAXQDA to manage your entire research project. Easily import data from texts, interviews, focus groups, PDFs, web pages, spreadsheets, articles, e-books, and even tweets.

Organize your data in groups, link relevant quotes to each other, and share and compare work with your team members. Your project file stays flexible and you can expand and refine your category system as you go to suit your research.

Literature review software MAXQDA

Import & automatic pre-coding

MAXQDA can work with all reference management programs that are able to export their data-bases in RIS-format. Like MAXQDA, these reference managers use project files, containing all collected bibliographic information, such as author, title, links to websites, keywords, abstracts, full texts and other information. Upon import, all documents will be automatically pre-coded to facilitate search and retrieval at a later stage.

Store your ideas

Great ideas will often occur to you while you’re doing your literature review. Memos, are a great place for storing your ideas, such as research questions and objectives or use memos for paraphrasing passages into your own words. Particularly useful for literature reviews are free memos written during the course of work on the review from which passages can be copied and inserted into the final text.

Search and Retrieve

With MAXQDA’s Lexical Search you can search and automatically code interesting keywords, such as important concepts for your literature review. The automatically created document variables can be used for searching and retrieving certain segments or use MAXQDA’ powerful Coding Query, which allows you to analyze the combination of activated codes in different ways.

Aggregate your results

Never lose track of the bigger picture with MAXQDA’s overview and summary tables. MAXQDA offers overview tables for almost everything, memos, coded segments, links, and so on. You can also use summary tables, with which compressed summaries of sources can be effectively compared and represented. They can easily be integrated into your literature review report.

Quantitative evaluation of themes

Quantitative aspects can also be relevant in a literature review. For example, sort sources according to document variables and compare amounts with frequency tables and charts. Don’t miss the word frequency functions of MAXDictio that make the quantitative analysis of terms and their semantic contexts even easier.

Use the visual approach

Whether for your analysis or publication, MAXQDA’s visual tools are tailor-made for qualitative research, and are also very effective for a literature review. Work with word clouds to explore the central themes of a text and key terms that are used or make use of the graphical representation possibilities of MAXMaps, which in particular permit the creation of concept maps.

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