You should have thought about the methodology beforehand, but this is the stage when it needs to be made clear! We have lots of books (print and online) on research methods, so don’t just stick to the items on your reading lists… there is plenty of choice! You might want to talk to your tutors or academic skills about a methodology in your subject area.
Next, you need to design your research tools before collecting your data.
If you’re using tools like surveys and don’t know where to start, or want to access software like SPSS to analyse your results, IT support on Floor 4 of the Library are the ones to ask.
Manually transcribing interviews can be a long and laborious process. There are three tools available to you as Huddersfield students that can help speed up the process. Remember, they are not perfect and the accuracy will depend on the quality of your audio recordings. Recent feedback from students suggests that they are between 85% - 95% accurate so some editing will be required. Unfortunately there isn’t anything that is 100% accurate.
Available as part of your Office 365 package, transcribe converts speech (recorded directly in Word or from an uploaded audio file) to a text transcript with each speaker individually separated. After your conversation, interview, or meeting, you can revisit parts of the recording by playing back the timestamped audio and edit the transcription to make corrections. You can save the full transcript as a Word document or insert snippets of it into existing documents.
This tool can be accessed online with your University email account, there is also an app available for apple and android devices. Transcripts can be downloaded as a text file and opened in Word.
The standard ‘free’ account allows for up to 600 minutes a month of transcription for free and if more is required, you can subscribe to a premium account and get 6000 minutes. Otter is ideal for producing transcripts of audio recordings and will handle many at once.
3. MS Stream