Category: Mechanics

  • Understanding Audio Recording Formats

    Understanding Audio Recording Formats

    …or why I always recommend using the LPCM audio recording format to capture your research data. And there are many audio recording formats, but we are going to focus on the mp3 and the WAV/LPCM recording formats. Why? Because these two format are currently the most popular audio recording format that you’ll find on most […]

  • 7 Steps for Managing Qualitative Data

    7 Steps for Managing Qualitative Data

    Here’s a more concise recent  post on how to manage qualitative data. This post presents an overview of the unique challenges for managing a qualitative research database and includes 7 steps for aiding the creation of an orderly and coherent database. These steps will assist greatly in ensuring that your research study is successful, that […]

  • Intelligent Verbatim Transcription

    Intelligent Verbatim Transcription

    “[A] transcript is a text that ‘re’-presents an event; it is not the event itself. Following this logic, what is re-presented is data constructed by a researcher for a particular purpose, not just talk written down.” (GREEN et al. 1997, p.172) Intelligent verbatim transcription, also known as clean transcripts, is a popular style of transcription […]

  • How To Transcribe an Interview for Dissertation – Part 2

    How To Transcribe an Interview for Dissertation – Part 2

    “[I]t is a truism to note that all transcription is in some sense interpretation …” (Cook, 1990, p.12) In the first post (please read!) of this 2 part series on how to transcribe an interview for dissertation, I gave you on overview of the transcription process, equipment you’ll need, 3 ways to transcribe your interviews and […]

  • TranscriptionMaster


    The Problem Have you tried looking for an easy to use transcription software? You may have and I am sure you were disappointed. I was. A while back I DIY guide on how to transcribe your research interviews. In that post I offered copies of an older version of the software that I used to […]

  • 7 Principles for Developing Transcription Rules

    7 Principles for Developing Transcription Rules

    Poor quality transcriptions can significantly delay the progress of a research project, so it is essential that best practices are kept in mind at all times. This post explores the intricacies of developing transcription rules that work for one’s specific research project before outlining seven principles that help guide researchers in this endeavor. Developing Rules […]