Category: Recording

  • 3 Tips for Recording Research Interviews

    3 Tips for Recording Research Interviews

    Recording research interviews is a great way to capture qualitative data in thesis or dissertation research and ensures descriptive validity. While taking notes and writing down your observations is important, it’s likely you’re going to miss out on some details. An audio recording of an interview also allows you to refer back to the interview […]

  • Recording Research Interviews; Using Your Laptop

    Recording Research Interviews; Using Your Laptop

    Can you use your computer to record your research interviews and focus groups? Yes, you can. But there are 2 mistakes that researchers make when recording their interviews using a laptop that I don’t want you to make. Also, what are the best microphones for interview on your computer? But first, what are the 3 […]

  • How to Record Phone Interviews

    How to Record Phone Interviews

    Update: Here’s a more recent post on how to record phone interviews.  Conducting research interviews over the phone and the internet has become really popular. Mainly because of the widespread use of smart phones and web based services (for instance freeconferencecall.com and Skype). If you conduct your research interviews over the phone it’s important to […]

  • How to Transfer Audio Files from Olympus VN-7200 to Your Computer

    How to Transfer Audio Files from Olympus VN-7200 to Your Computer

    I have just completed my fieldwork and I’m looking for interview transcription services. I recorded the interviews using the Olympus VN-7200 digital voice recorder. How do I get them to you? Thanks – Maggie. A recent email from a researcher. And it’s not the first one. If you have recorded your research interviews using the […]

  • How to Record Research Interviews Conducted via Skype

    How to Record Research Interviews Conducted via Skype

    “Hello Isaac. I’m going to be doing one of my research interviews via Skype. Do you have a preference for the type of recorder I use for Skype or do you just want the mp3 file?” – PhD Student. Dear PhD student, Skype is a great asset in your research. If you, and your respondent, […]

  • Research interview recording: 3 Worst Recorders to Buy

    Research interview recording: 3 Worst Recorders to Buy

    A while back, I wrote a post about the 3 best recorders to buy recording qualitative one-on-one interviews, focus group discussions and so forth, for your dissertation or thesis study. Recently a couple of researchers got in touch with this question (I will paraphrase): “Hello Isaac, I have a recorded interviews for my research study […]

  • Qualitative Data Collection and Transcription Errors

    Qualitative Data Collection and Transcription Errors

    What are the most common qualitative data collection and transcription errors? Read on and find out how you can avoid them. Pitfalls and problems occur in every type of research, but rarely are they discussed in the realm of transcription.  Easton, McComish, and Greenberg’s article Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Qualitative Data Collection and Transcription, published […]