Conducting academic research involves a lot of time and there is no short-cut for doing it. Internet accessibility makes things easier, but one still needs to implement the old-fashioned techniques in research for a qualitative output.
Academic research needs a systematic approach. If you delve deep into different information sources haphazardly, you might miss out on very important facts and bits of information. This will not only delay your research project, but can challenge your hypothesis and you may not even reach the right conclusions.
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The two types of research you can choose to opt for are primary and secondary.
Primary Research - Primary research requires you to conduct interviews, do observational work, and collect information with the help of questionnaires.
Secondary Research - Secondary research involves referencing existing texts, which could be published material, statistics, and media.
Interviews are a great way to figure out information for qualitative research. If you are able to target the right participants and ask them the right kind of questions, it will help you immensely in gaining very useful insights for your research subject. On the flipside, interviews can be very time-consuming, their criticality for academic research notwithstanding. Multiple interviews can result in several hours of interview to transcribe. Most academics can’t spare time for transcribing hours upon hours of research interviews. It, therefore, makes a lot of sense to get your research interviews transcribed from a professional transcriber.
A professional transcriber will edit out the superfluous words or phrases from the interview audio, depending upon the way you want the information to be presented. This will make things a lot easier for you while analyzing the information that was gained over course of the interview.