About the Oral History Project Database
All interviews are:
- Divided into chapters with descriptive titles
- Summarized, so you can scan for relevant content
- Coded for database searching [with a meme-based coding system]
Please scroll down for more detailed information on the features that will help you search the interview collection.
What is a Meme-Based Coding System?
Our coding system identifies meaning units not keywords so you can locate content on specific topics even when related words are not mentioned during the conversation (e.g. Leadership, Innovation, or History of Patient Care). The meme-based system gives you more access to the rich content in interviews.
The Navigation Materials include a series of increasingly detailed summaries of content that provide an easy, Wikipedia-style entrée into an interview.
General description of interview subject and content
Table of Contents:
List of chapter titles and chapter codes to describe general content
Chapter Summaries with codes:
Abstracts of each chapter. A list of codes give more information about the chapter’s focus.
The entire interview conversation is presented with chapter divisions, codes, and time stamps.
Two Databases for Searching
Used to browse interviews. Click on chapter links and listen to the audio as you read the transcript.
Used for advanced searches with the coding system.
For an introduction to ContentDM click here
For an introduction to basic searching with Topic Codes click here
For an introduction to advanced searching by topic click here
A Two-Tier Coding System to Identify Content
Each chapter has a Chapter Code that identifies the main focus of the conversation.
Each chapter also has multiple Story Codes that further describe specific topics touched on within the conversation.
The coding system can be used:
- As a description of the content in a chapter
- As a search tool when using ContentDM
- As a search tool you are working with text files (Navigation Materials, transcript). Enter a code in the Find box in Word.
For a PDF of the coding system click here