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Asking Questions: Techniques for Semistructured Interviews

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2003

Beth L. Leech
Affiliation:
Rutgers University

Abstract

In an interview, what you already know is as important as what you want to know. What you want to know determines which questions you will ask. What you already know will determine how you ask them.

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© 2002 by the American Political Science Association

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Berry Jeffrey M. 1997 The Interest Group Society Third ed. New York Longman
Leech Beth L. Frank R. Baumgartner Jeffrey M. Berry Marie Hojnacki David C. Kimball 2002 Organized Interests and Issue Definition in Policy Debates Interest Group Politics Allan J. Cigler Burdett A. Loomis Washington, DC CQ Press
McCracken Grant 1988 The Long Interview Newbury Park, CA Sage
Spradley James P. 1979 The Ethnographic Interview New York: Holt Rinehart and Winston
Weinberg Steve 1996 The Reporter's Handbook: An Investigator's Guide to Documents and Techniques Third ed. New York St. Martin's
Werner Oswald Schoepfle G. Mark 1987 Systematic Fieldwork: Foundations of Ethnography and Interviewing Vol. 1 Newbury Park, CA Sage
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