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Transcription is the process of converting audio and/or video recording soundtracks into written forms for data documentation and analysis. Recordings can consist of naturally occurring talk in social settings, individual or focus group interviews with study participants, and media sources. Transcription can also occur simultaneously with talk, but for research purposes, audio recordings are most often used. High-quality recording equipment should be utilized; the better the audio, the easier it is to transcribe.

An audio recording is first heard several times by a transcriber to gain a holistic overview and to familiarize with the contents. Next, the recording is transcribed using text editing software. The text draft is then reviewed along with the recording and corrected, as needed, for transcription accuracy. Final or required formatting is ...

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