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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Getting Started – Research

So here I was all ready to write this great post with tips for learning how to effectively research terminology, names, locations, etc., in transcripts, when I ran across this fabulous website, Internet Detective. Quite honestly, I don't think there's any way I can top it, so I figure if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Seriously, this site is chock full of information laid out in an easy-to-use tutorial fashion, complete with specific examples and quizzes to test your knowledge. I especially like the emphasis that they place on critical evaluation of the source material. This is an extremely important but often overlooked detail many transcriptionists don't factor into their research.

The site says the tutorial takes about an hour, and I for one plan to go back to it later this week and spend some more time with it after I dig out from under this mountain of work.

By the way, please share any pressing questions that you have about research. This seems to be a problem area for so many transcriptionists, and we'd love to help you with it.