II.1. Text-based sources

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Nikhar Gaikwad
Yale University
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Understanding what types of sources--text-based or non-text-based--researchers are using

PostWed Sep 07, 2016 3:49 pm

What types of sources do you use? Text-based sources might include archival materials collected by public authorities, papers from private collections, newspaper articles, notes from interviews, etc. Non-text-based sources might include photographs, transcripts of radio broadcasts, videos, websites, and so on.

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Hillel Soifer
Temple University
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Re: Understanding what types of sources--text-based or non-text-based--researchers are using

PostWed Oct 05, 2016 8:29 am

Nikhar Gaikwad wrote:What types of sources do you use? Text-based sources might include archival materials collected by public authorities, papers from private collections, newspaper articles, notes from interviews, etc. Non-text-based sources might include photographs, transcripts of radio broadcasts, videos, websites, and so on.


I wonder if it is appropriate to consider notes from interviews text-based sources, while including transcripts of radio broadcasts as non-text sources? Presumably what defines a text-based source is that it is a written document produced and catalogued privately or in a public manner by someone other than the researcher who is using it. Does that seem like a reasonable definition that organizes together the full set of materials for which similar issues of presentation/citation/transparency arise?

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Veronica Herrera
University of Connecticut
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Re: Understanding what types of sources--text-based or non-text-based--researchers are using

PostTue Oct 18, 2016 11:31 am

Hilel, thanks for these thoughts, it is interesting to think about how to define these two terms, and what constitutes a "text." We are really interested in hearing about the different types of text based and non text based sources qualitative researchers use as a means to think about whether they require different approaches to documentation or transparency promoting.

Can you comment on the types of text based sources you tend to use and in what context?
hillelsoifer wrote:
Nikhar Gaikwad wrote:What types of sources do you use? Text-based sources might include archival materials collected by public authorities, papers from private collections, newspaper articles, notes from interviews, etc. Non-text-based sources might include photographs, transcripts of radio broadcasts, videos, websites, and so on.


I wonder if it is appropriate to consider notes from interviews text-based sources, while including transcripts of radio broadcasts as non-text sources? Presumably what defines a text-based source is that it is a written document produced and catalogued privately or in a public manner by someone other than the researcher who is using it. Does that seem like a reasonable definition that organizes together the full set of materials for which similar issues of presentation/citation/transparency arise?

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