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Oral History Guide: Presentation

Quick Tips for Presenting

Maintaining Digital Files

  • Save the files (audio, transcription, etc.) to multiple locations to prevent any accidents that may cause you to lose them.
  • Use a consistent and clear naming convention that includes the interviewee's name, the date, time, location, and topic of the interview.
  • Use common files formats that can be used by most software and/or hosting sites.
  • Make a separate copy of your audio recording for use in transcription so that you can maintain the original audio recording.


  • Keep the transcription as close to the audio as possible. Don't correct the interviewee's grammar.
  • Use footnotes or brackets to explain local sayings or colloquialisms.
  • In addition to your transcription, a synopsis or summary of the interview may be helpful for organizing the main themes and stories discussed, as well as pertinent information like the interviewee's name and background.


Minnesota Historical Society Oral History Office - Transcribing, Editing, & Processing Guidelines

Baylor University Institute for Oral History - Style Guide: A Quick Reference Guide for Editing Oral History Transcripts


Access Kaltura here

Kaltura is available for students to record and host media. Download Kaltura Capture to record audio, video, and screen captures. These recordings can then be uploaded to and accessed on Kaltura online. The link above also offers tutorials.

Transcription Software

Library Tested & Approved

Temi (1st file free)

Sonix (30 minutes free)


Others to Try (Free Services or with Free Trials)

Google Cloud Speech-to-Text


Express Scribe




Others to Try (Paid Services Only)



Wreally Transcribe