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Ethnographic Fieldwork Methods

How to Use this Guide

Welcome! This guide can help you prepare for and perform fieldwork, then process and analyze your data. It continues to be a work in progress, so students: contact me and let me know what you'd like to see!

The Preparation tab includes information on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, creating informed consent forms, selecting appropriate technology, and preparing survey tools and interview questions.

The In the Field tab details various fieldwork methodologies, as well as tips on how to find participants or interlocutors, the logistics of interviews and other methods, and common challenges.

The Processing & Analysis tab contains instructions for transcription, translation, citing your data, data processing and archiving, and coding and analyzing data.

The Library Resources tab has links to several handbooks and guides to fieldwork.