Analyze Data & Discover Insights

Save quotations of relevant data segments, associate codes to tag quotations, and write comments on any data segment

After adding your data, you can begin analyzing and pinpointing qualitative insights. Open a specific document and begin with your analysis workflow.

Generating quotations, using codes, and adding comments across your documents plays a central role in your qualitative analysis process in ATLAS.ti Web. To create a quotation, highlight relevant text for your research topic in a document. After generating a quotation you can then apply codes to tag qualitative insights such as perspectives, attitudes, emotions, behaviors, and more that are connected to your research goals.

Additionally, you can write comments to reflect on a quotation. If a certain passage seems relevant to you, but you’re not sure which code to apply, begin with a comment and return to this quotation later.Select relevant segments of data and attach codes

A quick overview: 

  1. Read and review your documents
  2. Create quotations by highlighting interesting and relevant text
  3. Apply new or existing codes to each quotation (similar to tags)
  4. You can also write comments on each quotation

Unlike other products, with ATLAS.ti Web you can create quotations for single words, sentences, or whole paragraphs. Applying codes and/or comments are optional and not mandatory. This open workflow offers you full flexibility and allows you to get more granular when needed. Please find below more details on how you can analyze and code your data.

To create new codes:

  1. Highlight a relevant segment of text
  2. Type in the name of your new code in the "search codes" field
  3. Press the "+" button (in the "create code" window) or the "Enter" key on your keyboard to save the new code name (you will then see the new code name appear and toggled "on") 
  4. Press the "create quotation" button to save the new quotation along with the new code attached to it

You can create as many codes (i.e., tags) as you would like, and you can create any kind of code name you would like. Most importantly, you can easily create these new codes as you are reading and analyzing your documents.

To create in-vivo codes:

  1. Highlight the word or phrase you want to use as a code name
  2. Click in the "search codes" field
  3. Click on the code name shown under the "Create in-vivo code" (you will then see the new code name appear and toggled "on") 
  4. Press the "create quotation" button to save the new quotation along with the new code attached to it

An in-vivo code means that the exact name of the code comes directly from the data. Thus, you simply need to highlight the word or phrase in your data that you want to use as a code name, and ATLAS.ti Web automatically offers the option for you to save that as a code. This is inductive coding in its purest form!

To use an already-created code:

  1. Highlight a relevant segment of text
  2. Click in the "search codes" field and you can a) select your code from the list that appears or b) start typing any part of your code name to easily find it 
  3. Click on the code name or toggle the code "on" to attach it to your selected quotation
  4. Press the "create quotation" button to save the new quotation along with the new code attached to it

As you analyze your data, you will most likely want to attach some codes that you have already created to additional quotations. ATLAS.ti makes it very easy for you to use your already existing codes as you can see them whenever you highlight a segment of data and you can search for any codes by starting to type any parts of the code name (which saves you the hassle of scrolling through your list of codes, of course!). If you are following a deductive approach to analyzing your data, you can first create your codes from the code manager, and then as you read and analyze your documents, you can simply select whichever code you want to apply.

To choose codes from a specific code group:

  1. Highlight a relevant segment of text
  2. Click on the "Code groups" button
  3. You can a) select your code group from the list that appears or b) start typing any part of your code group name to easily find it
  4. Click on the code name or toggle the code "on" to attach it to your selected quotation
  5. Press the "create quotation" button to save the quotation 

You can use code groups to further organize your codes. Once you have created code groups in the code manager, you can easily view codes form a particular group while analyzing your documents. This could be helpful to maintain an overview of the codes in your project or to facilitate your coding process, for example.

To write comments on quotations:

  1. Highlight a relevant segment of text or click on an already created quotation (in the margin area, on the right side of an opened document)
  2. Click in the comment field and write your notes, thoughts, reflections, or anything else you would like to jot down about that quotation

You can use the comment space to write any notes about that quotation in particular. Take advantage of quotation comments to jot down ideas, write deeper reflections about the data, leaves notes for yourself or team members, and more. Quotation comments can be helpful to elaborate your analyses about the different segments of data you are identifying, while memos could be used to write about broader ideas, themes, and/or interpretations that cut across your data, for example. 

To resize a quotation:

  1. Click on an already created quotation (in the margin area, on the right side of an opened document)
  2. Drag-and-drop the edges of the quotation to make it bigger or smaller

ATLAS.ti makes it easy for you to adjust your quotations so that you can make sure you are capturing whichever segments from your data are relevant for your research question and/or objectives. After resizing your quotation, you will also see the quotation bar immediately resized in the margin area (to the right of the opened document).

To remove a code from a quotation:

  1. Click on an already created quotation (in the margin area, on the right side of an opened document)
  2. Click on the code name or toggle the code "off" to remove it from the quotation 

You can always easily remove a code from a quotation from an opened document as well as from the code manager, quotation manager, and reports page. Please keep in mind that this only removes the code from that quotation, but this does not delete the code from your project.

To delete a quotation:

  1. Click on an already created quotation (in the margin area, on the right side of an opened document
  2. Click on the three dots in the bottom-right corner
  3. Click on the "Delete quotation" button

If you decide you no longer need a particular quotation, you can always easily delete it from an opened document as well as from the code manager, quotation manager, and reports page

To edit the contents of your documents:

  1. Click on the padlock icon in the top-right corner to enable or disable the edit mode (please note that if you imported PDFs and kept their original appearance, you will not be able to edit the text contents)

The padlock icon in the upper right corner allows you to enable or disable editing on the document. Enable edit mode when you are structuring, editing and writing text in your document. You can still code your data while in edit mode. Disable edit mode to make sure that no changes are accidentally made to the content of the document.