4 Effective Research Tips for Academic Transcription

4 Effective Research Tips for Academic Transcription

Not all audio or video files are a breeze to transcribe.

Occasionally, you’ll encounter recordings that are chock full of highly technical and specialized language. If the recording is filled with acronyms, scientific terms, or university names, you’re probably transcribing content related to academic research.

Researchers and academics need transcriptions because it’s an integral process in the analysis of their research data. Transcription simplifies the overall process for interpreting data. It allows them to read and analyze interviews, field notes, and others through text that is accurate, concise and easier to digest. This means that they need their transcript to be highly accurate. When it comes to publishing research results, there is no room for error.

However, what should you do if you come across a complicated term you don’t recognize? Many transcribers will consult Google or their online dictionary. We’ve compiled a few research hacks to help make academic transcription more effective for you.

If you plan on transcribing academic research, here are a few things you should know. Keep reading to discover skills you’ll need, why research matters, and 4 tips for effective research in finding the correct term and spelling.

Skills You’ll Need

Wondering which skills are essential in academic research transcription?

Whether you’re doing academic, legal transcription, or even just general transcription on a difficult topic, you’ll need two relevant skills. First, you should know your way around online research. Also, transcribers who are fast learners can quickly interpret difficult terms.

Transcription and research go hand in hand. When transcribers can’t identify a word, they’ll often hop on Google to check spelling and any results that might fit the context of the recording.

However, the transcription of research papers, thesis or dissertations for various academic fields adds an extra level of challenge. You should expect tons of researching (and be more or less masterful at it).

Being a fast learner is also a useful skill for understanding the content of your recording. Many transcribers will try to grasp the topic of the research first to identify the context by which a word is used, before finalizing a transcript.

The more you know what they’re talking about, the better you can interpret what they’re saying into text.

Why Research Skills Matter

The most common pitfalls for researchers during data collection are equipment failure, environmental hazards, and transcription errors. Research papers need to be accurate and its results hinge on error-free and accurate transcripts.

A big issue is figuring out the acronyms or names of an organization or project. Academic papers include a multitude of facts and terminologies that go in-depth into a topic.

Naturally, this means that you’ll encounter many obscure or technical references and terms. Oftentimes, the definition will even change according to ideology.

This is why research is a key skill for academic transcription. Knowledge of the subject matter may help, but the topics are often very specialized so it’s unlikely that you’ll always be familiar with the subject matter.

4 Tips for Effective Research You Should Know

It’s all about the context.

Researching the right keywords help you transcribe within the appropriate context.

For example, a single word, like “slit lamp” may seem like gibberish. However, when you hear the speaker say “slit lamp” and “eye” within a recording, you can search those keywords to clarify your understanding of the bigger picture. Then, you’ll find that a “slit lamp” is an instrument used for eye exams. Voila!

These context clues can be found in the surrounding content.

Check out these four tips to zero in on the right keywords for research.

1. Know the industry type.

You don’t always know the content of a recording. If you encounter words you are unfamiliar with or that are unclear in the speech, try and pinpoint the particular industry. You may have to listen further to do this. Once you’ve identified the industry, you might get a better understanding of industry jargon.

2. Consider the research topic.

This is similar to knowing the industry type. If you hone in on the topic, the chances are you’ll figure out the term in question.

3. Consider the geographic area.

A particular word may be difficult to transcribe because of a speaker’s accent. Knowing the geographic area can help identify words that are heavily accented. You may also be able to identify any slang words that are used.

4. Check the organization’s homepage.

Acronyms, organizations, names and their spelling can be problematic. If you can determine the organization involved, check out their website. Most universities will have webpages for faculty and staff. They may also mention the term you’re struggling with.

To find the correct word used in the recording, type its phonetic spelling (or spell out how it sounds) and other keywords you find in the search bar. Further refine keywords based on the search results to zero in on the meaning.

If you still can’t identify the term, you can leave a blank in the meantime. We’ll inform the client to simply use Scribie’s online editor and fill out any blanks. Check out our other tips for how to write a transcript fast.

Over to You

Taking your research seriously when doing academic transcription is important. First of all, it helps produce accurate and quality transcripts that will make clients happy. You assist in their research process and in publishing their findings sooner.

Besides ensuring that your transcript is top-notch and error-free, you’ll experience personal benefits, too. Regular research is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge, which results in quicker work, increased productivity, and…yes, more money!

Scribie has online transcription jobs for both beginners and experienced transcribers. Learn more about how you can join Scribie as a freelancer.

Why Scribie Is The Top Transcription Service

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What A Top Transcription Service Offers

If you’ve ever found yourself in need of a transcription service, you know that by doing a Google search, you will see a lot of results. Just because there are many transcription services out there, doesn’t mean that they all match up to each other. Continue reading “Why Scribie Is The Top Transcription Service”

How to Review or Check the Quality of Transcripts

As a business professional, student, teacher, or whatever reason you may have for using a transcription service, you want to know that the service you used has done their job and done it well. You want your work or project to be up to the highest standards.

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With that in mind, did you know that Scribie offers you a simple approach to check and review the quality of your transcripts? It’s a few steps that can be done with the use of a tool that only Scribie offers, their free Integrated Editor.

The Integrated Editor provides a variety of tools at your disposal including a full feature text editor, unified interface, auto-capitalization, auto-correct, text analysis, and variable speed playback, just to name a few. With the editor, you’ll want to analyze your transcript, check for underlines and blanks, and do random spot checks. Let’s get started.

You can analyze your document by simply click ‘Analysis’ at the top of the Integrated Editor. It will underline words that either are not recognized by the editor or words and phrases that are not common. Scan the underlines and play those portions to ensure that things are correct. If you want to analyze any word or phrase further, you can right click on the word for a list of options.

If you see blanks in your transcript it’s due to transcribers not being fully sure what was said in your audio. Easily find those blank spots using the editor by holding down CTRL+B. It’ll play the audio just prior to the blank and you can fill it in with the appropriate word or phrase.

Scribie recommends that you randomly check portions of your transcript instead of going through the entire document. If you find key mistakes in your spot checks, then check the entire paragraph for any further issues. To check a paragraph, click in any part of the paragraph and hold down CTRL+ALT+N.

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By doing these few things, you can ensure that the transcription is all that you need it to be. Scribie strives to provide you with no less than 98% accuracy and by providing this service, we want to show you we take that guarantee seriously.

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Affordable Transcription Service

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How to find affordable transcription services

High quality and low cost don’t always go hand in hand. The rule is hardly different when you are looking for a transcription company. However, if you are working within a limited budget, you cannot overlook the cost factor. Since transcription is a high accuracy requirement, quality is of utmost importance too. Thankfully, not all affordable services raise a red flag. Companies like Scribie have consistently delivered superior quality transcription service at an affordable cost. Since students make up a huge part of Scribie’s transcription customer base, marrying quality with cost has become the norm with us. When you are looking for a cost-effective transcription service, look for the following few things:

Know the specific transcription service provided by a company

The first step is understanding the kind of files that you would want to get transcribed, and then choosing the transcription service accordingly. If you are looking for medical transcription, you should look for a company that specializes in it.  Scribie, for instance, offers excellent service when it comes to transcribing research, interviews, and conversations that involve more than one speaker and a variety of accents.

Look for rating and reviews

A quick online research will reveal the company’s reputation. Often the company website will give you a good deal of customer feedback. Including case studies in the website is also very common. Scribie’s website lists a number of satisfied customers who have used the company’s service.

Accuracy

Affordable cost does not mean cheap quality. Check for companies that have a record of delivering high-quality content. At Scribie we have a strict policy to maintain 98% accuracy. No file is delivered until this level is achieved. We also follow a 4-step process that ensures maximum transcription accuracy.

Flexibility

A good transcription service provider will let you review the files and will accommodate your inputs. Even if you are opting for an affordable service, this is a crucial aspect to consider so that you are not stuck with a file that’s of no use. With Scribie, you can check the work-in-progress any time. You can even request re-reviews if you are not satisfied with the quality.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is also crucial when choosing a transcription service company because an audio often includes sensitive data. We at Scribie understand this too well. All our transcribers abide by a strict NDA policy. Unlike many other affordable service providers we also have an efficient customer care service that can provide support 24/7. For greater convenience, you can use Scribie for teleconferencing recording service along with audio transcription.

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Educational Transcription Service

educational transcriptionWhen you think of transcription services, who typically comes to mind as using their services? Doctors, assistants, researchers, but what about students? As a student, you may need to have lectures, notes, academic or research interviews, meetings, speeches, dissertations and a list of other things that need to be transcribed.

Students who are working on dissertations spend hours gathering information, working on interviews, doing research and jotting down their own thoughts. That’s a lot of your time and effort put in over the course of the year and now it comes down to one dissertation.

Add in the varying ways and formats you may have your interviews and research and all of a sudden, the thought of putting it all into an understandable and useable format can be daunting. You’ve put hundreds of hours of work in and now you need to understand all of those interviews.

Imagine writing your dissertation and you remember something that an individual or yourself said that you want to put in your dissertation, but you can’t remember exactly what was said or where in all of your hours of notes it could be located. It could take a while just to find that information if you had to transcribe it all by yourself.

Why spend so much time trying to interpret your research and interview transcription when you could outsource it to a transcription service? Time you could be using studying, putting in finishing touches or even just taking a much needed and well deserved break!

By using a transcription service, you can have your dissertation notes and interviews in a format of your choosing with a quick turnaround. When you use Scribie’s transcription service, you get multiple and accented speakers included in our already low price. Plus, when you upload more than 20 hours, you get a 10% discount on your order. Perfect for students who are low on funds, but have a lot of data that needs to be sifted through.

With Scribie, you can keep tracker of speakers and utilise our one-of-a-kind Integrated Editor, just to name a few. Scribie lets you choose your turnaround time, your price and with 98% accuracy guarantee, you know that all of your treasured and valuable data is in safe hands. Consider using Scribie’s transcription service for your dissertation needs or any of your student needs and spend the time where it really matters.

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