This Quick Tour briefly shows the major features of HyperRESEARCH. For a more in-depth, step-by-step look at how HyperRESEARCH facilitates code-and-retrieve and theory building aspects of qualitative data analysis, download the free Teaching/Trial Edition of HyperRESEARCH.
The Study Window is the main HyperRESEARCH window, where your cases and code references are displayed. You may view the code references of one case at a time. The Study Window also shows you how many cases are currently in your study, what the current case filter parameters are and how many cases are filtered (you can specify which cases will be viewable in the Study Window by name and by various other criteria), how many code references have been coded to the current case, and how many of those code references are currently filtered (viewable).
With the "View Source" box checked, clicking any code reference will display the coded source material. HyperRESEARCH will open the file in a source window, with the coded source portion highlighted.
With the "View Annotation" box checked, clicking a code reference that has been annotated will cause the Annotation window to open, displaying the annotation that goes with the highlighted code reference.
The study window is fully resizable and movable; you may position it any way you like on your computer screen.
There are four major source window types, one for each of the types of source material HyperRESEARCH can work with.
Text Source Window
The Text Source window displays text files. You may customize the Font Settings (typeface and size) and also choose whether or not to display the codes in context (code names appearing in the left margin). This window is fully resizable and movable. You can also move the boundary between the codes column and the main text area when Display Codes in Context is active.
Graphic Source Window
The Graphic Source window allows you to display still images (.gif or .jpg or similar graphic files) and assign codes to selected portions of the image.
Movie Source Window
The Movie Source window displays movie files (with their audio tracks, if any) using Apple's Quicktime software. You may select and code any number of frames, to be replayed when recalling the source material from the Study Window or in a hyperlinked report.
Audio Source Window
The Audio Source window uses Apple's Quicktime software to allow you to play back an audio file, and select portions for coding."Viewing" the coded source material of an audio file (either by selecting the code reference on the Study Window with the "View Source" feature active, or clicking on a hyperlinked code reference in a report) recalls and replays the selected portion of the audio track.
The Code Book window allows you to view and manipulate your code List. You can add codes, edit codes (with changes being reflected in individual code references in the Study window), and enter detailed descriptions for your codes.
Code Groups help you organize your codes. Codes can be assigned to multiple code groups. Assigning code groups to other code groups creates sub-groups, allowing multi-level hierarchies for your codes.
To assign codes to source material, select the source material in a source window (text, graphic, movie, or audio) and then select one or more codes from the Code Book to Apply to that selection.
HyperRESEARCH supports autocoding of multiple sources on a single pass. The AutoCode window allows you to specify what source files to code, to which cases, what phrase to search for, and what codes to apply.
First you customize the sources you'll be coding in each case. HyperRESEARCH 3.0 automatically assigns each text source the you've already used to the cases it's already been coded in. You can add and remove source files as needed to focus on the specific sources and cases you wish to autocode.
Then you specify the phrase to search for (HyperRESEARCH will look for exact matches) and how much surrounding source material to include:
And then you select the codes to apply to the matching source material. (In the example below, we use the code name - "autocoded vegetable protein" -- to indicate that the codes applied were done so via autocoding rather than more organic coding. You can use any existing or new codes when Autocoding.)
The Autocode button becomes active when all necessary parameters are supplied. HyperRESEARCH will add the selected code or codes to all instances of the selected phrase it finds, and place the code references in the study window for the specified cases.
Code Map Window
The Code Map window is a tool to explore graphic representations of the relationships between your codes. You can group codes in any way you wish, and visually link code names to one another. You can filter codes using a code map, and apply that selection to the study window, which will then display only those code references corresponding to the selected codes.
The Annotation window allows you to add a memo or annotation to any code reference in your study. Unlike a code description, which applies to a code, an annotation is specific to an individual code reference and its underlying source material.
The Report window presents the report generation options.
When preparing a report, first use the case and code filters to choose the specific codes and cases you wish the report to include. Then use the Report window to specify the data you want to retrieve for those codes and cases. You may then either display it on the screen or export it as a text file.
A displayed report looks like this (with some variations based on the options specified for the current report):
If the "Hyperlinks" elements are all included, the code reference lines will actually be hyperlinks. Clicking on a code reference (e.g. "first learns... 3 TEXT 2753,3265 FDAOngoingInvestigation.rtf") will recall the underlying source material in a Source Window. This allows you to view the source material in the context of the rest of the file if you wish.
Theory Builder Window
The Theory Builder is an expert system that helps you build theories and test them against the codes you've applied to your data. Like the Report Builder, the Theory Builder consists of two windows: the Theory Builder window and a Display window.
The Theory Builder window displays the current Theory Rule List at the top, and lets you edit those rules on the bottom.
When the theory rules list is complete, you can export the theory test report as a text file, or display it in a separate window.