Other Resources

This page provides information on other resources of interest to qualitative researchers including books, data archives, equipment, human subjects review, informal working groups, transcription services, and other web links. Please share your suggestions by emailing us.


HMDC Qualitative Book Collection
The Harvard-MIT Data Center offers a collection of books on qualitative analysis.  The purpose of the library is to have texts available for people to use while working in the labs. The books are not meant to circulate outside the building and not to be kept overnight.  The books are located at the Concourse Computer Lab in room K026 of the CGIS Knafel Building.  You may view the list of available books here.

Data Archives

Henry A. Murray Center Research Archive
The Henry A. Murray Research Archive is Harvard's endowed, permanent repository for quantitative and qualitative research data at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and provides physical storage for the entire IQSS Dataverse Network. Our collection comprises over 100 terabytes of data, audio, and video. We preserve in perpetuity all types of data of interest to the research community, including numerical, video, audio, interview notes, and other data.


FAS Media Services
Harvard's FAS Media Services has digital audio recorders that students may rent to use on campus.

Graduate School of Education's Learning Technology Center
The GSE's Learning Technology Center has digital voice recorders and transcription kits that students may borrow.

Harvard Kennedy School Media Services
The KSG's Media Services program allows KSG students to borrow audio tape recorders that must be used on KSG premises.

Human Subjects

Harvard University Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research
The CUHS oversees research involving human subjects.  Their site includes CUHS review forms, sample consent forms, and resources for learning about research ethics.

Informal Working Groups

These links point to the main contact people for these informal groups.  If you have other groups you would like to share, please email us.

Qualitative Social Analysis Working Group - informal working group of graduate students in sociology who discuss qualitative analysis

Qualitative Working Group in Government Department - an informal working group of students and faculty in the Harvard University Department of Government who have interests in qualitative methods.  The group is funded by Professor and Director of the Center for American Political Studies (CAPS), Dan Carpenter, and administered by the Center for the American Political Studies.  Please contact Jennifer Howk for information about meetings.

Harvard Business School Qualitative Working Group - "a qualitative, inductive research group that meets to discuss work in progress from the earliest parts of site selection and data collection to the final stages of publishing qualitative, inductive research.  The group consists of doctoral students and faculty from Harvard, MIT, BU, BC and Simmons."

UMass-Boston Qualitative Research Seminar - a working paper seminar about qualitative research

Transcription Services

Harvard University does not endorse these services. Please research before using them to clarify contracts, confidentiality issues, turnaround times, etc.
  If you would like to suggest a transcription service, feel free to email us.
Alice Darling Secretarial Services - positive review about service, but expensive; located in Harvard Square

Casting Words  and MTurks transcription - see Wall Street Journal article and Slate article for reviews of these services; may be useful for audio that does not require confidentiality agreements

Flatworld Solutions - mixed reviews about turnaround times and accuracy, but offers low rates

Harvard College Student Employment Office - some researchers hire students to do transcription

Verbalink - positive reviews about accuracy and turnaround time, but not the cheapest option; offers discounts for bulk orders

Linda Ware - transcriber who has received a positive review

Web Links

Harvard's Division of Social Science - Information on Dean of Social Science, list of all the departments in the social sciences at Harvard, and many other social science resources