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Virtual Fieldwork

A guide to conducting virtual or remote fieldwork during COVID-19 or under any conditions in which travel and face-to-face interactions aren't possible or desirable


This guide is meant to provide a brief introduction to various methods, frameworks, and tools for conducting virtual or remote fieldwork, with a focus on ethnographic research. Please reach out to a librarian if there is anything in this guide you'd like to learn more about or if there's something not here you're interested in. 

Virtual Fieldwork

From the Library of Congress's "Folklife Today," a three-part series on remote fieldwork: 

1) On Remote Fieldwork and “Shifting Gears” by Michelle L. Stefano, Folklife Specialist in Research and Programs at the American Folklife Center

2) Remote fieldwork: tech considerations by John Fenn, Head of Research and Programs at the American Folklife Center

3) Remote fieldwork: Q&A with Thomas Grant Richardson Richardson is an independent folklorist, interviewed by John Fenn 

Remote Interviewing

Digital Ethnography

Technology Matters

If you have technical questions related to recording and saving audio or visual files, contact IITS Audio Visual Services for support. 

Other Fieldwork Tips