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ERIC Number: ED135702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Transcribing without Tears: A Guide to Transcribing and Editing Oral History Interviews.
Deering, Mary Jo; Pomeroy, Barbara
This practical booklet, intended for those who are transcribing oral interviews into manuscript form, provides transcribing and editing guidelines that are particularly pertinent to oral history interviews. The major factor involved in a transcription is its editing. Editing is defined as making the material suitable for use by researchers and the general public. The guidelines presented in this booklet are based on the assumption that the transcript will be edited in an accepted manuscript format. Obtaining a good transcriber/editor is emphasized. Before beginning to transcribe, basic elements of editorial policy should be set in order to maintain uniformity in transcribing. Individual interviews may be transcribed and edited with slight variations according to the nature of the interview. Examples of editing styles are provided for overlapping speech, syntax, inaccuracies, false starts, dangling sentences, fuzzy thinking, and paragraphing. Suggestions are made for performing the audit check as a quality control and for making interviewee corrections of the transcript as accountability. Instructions for putting the final text together cover the table of contents, headings, and indexing. Samples of transcribing and editing guidelines, an audit check sheet, the title page, and a transcript page conclude the document. (ND)
Descriptors: Editing, Field Interviews, Guidelines, Historiography, Interviews, Language Styles, Oral History, Publications, Social History, Speech Communication
Oral History Program, GWU Library, 2130 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20052 ($2.50 paperback plus $0.25 postage, 5-9 copies 10% discount plus $0.25 postage, 10-19 copies 15% discount plus $0.50 postage, 20 or more copies 20% discount plus $0.50 postage)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Library.