Best Practices for Transcribing Interviews
The American University in Cairo Best Practice Guidelines for the Transcription of Oral History Interviews is based on the Style Guide: A Quick Reference for Editing Oral Memoirs  from the Baylor University Institute for Oral History . Whenever a topic is not covered by this manual or Baylor University’s style guide, refer to the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition .
Abbreviations Avoid abbreviations in oral history transcripts. Do not abbreviate the following:
- et cetera
- Names of cities, territories, provinces, states, or countries
- Cairo, Egypt, etc.
- Civic and military titles
- Governor, Judge, Bishop, etc.
- Months and days of the week
- June, Wednesday, etc.
- Dimensions, measurements, weights, degrees, depths, etc.
- pounds, inches
- Parts of a book
- Chapter, Section, Table, etc/
- Parts of addresses
- Avenue, Street, etc. Abbreviate the following:
- Era designations
- AD, BC, CE, BCE
- Initialisms and acronyms
- Use bracketed notes to spell out the abbreviation
- NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization]
- AM, PM
Capitalize proper nouns, including names of institutions, people, places, and things. Always capitalize Internet and Web. Use Web site, not website.
Spell out the following crutch words:
- ↑ Style Guide: A Quick Reference for Editing Oral Memoirs
- ↑ Baylor University Institute for Oral History
- ↑ Press, The University of Chicago. The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010