For qualitative researchers, transcribing is an integral element to the research process. Below are some options for transcribing interviews and subtitling videos by hand. NYU Stream, Read & Write, Speech to Text, and third party applications are all resources that can be used in conjunction to speed up the transcription process while retaining the accuracy of manual transcription. Please review the possible options depending on your needs, media sources, and audio quality.
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Branley, D. (2004). 'Making and Managing Audio Recordings' in Clive Seale (ed) Researching Society and Culture (2nd edition), London: Sage, pp 207-223
Lapadat, J., & Lindsay, A. (1999). 'Transcription in Research and Practice : from standardisation of technique to interpretive positionings' Qualitative Inquiry 5(1) 64-86
Stockdale, A. (2003). An Approach to Recording, Transcribing, and Preparing Audio Data for Qualitative Data Analysis Education Development Center, Inc.
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Text to Speech is a downloadable software that reads aloud what’s on the screen, which can be used to proofread transcriptions done manually or through a third-party transcription service.
The adaptive computing rooms at NYU make it easier for researchers with special accommodations to choose from a variety of mediums to ensure a smooth transcription process. *If you do not have special accommodations through the NYU Moses Center, please go to the above website and locate the “Inquire about these rooms” button to discuss your research needs with the computer center. For more information about the library services, please visit the website above or contact Lauren Kehoe of Lib accommodations at email@example.com or (212) 998 2509.