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Oral History Research Guide

A compilation of resources on what oral history is, how to do oral history, and how to locate oral history interviews.

Where To Go Next

The resources on this page provide additional information on oral history research methods and resources.

Citing Oral Histories

Cite oral histories for your research project or paper using the example below. This example is for unpublished content per the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition online (14:219-14:241). Please see your preferred citation style guide for variations on the examples below and for other types of content.

Name of interviewee, name of interviewer, date of interview, collection interview is part of, whether a transcript is available, repository name, repository location. [Example: Adelaide Douglas, interview by Mary Murphy, 11 November 1958, Montana Women's Oral History Project, OH 049-010, transcript, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.]

Attending Oral History Workshops

For researchers and genealogists looking for additional instruction on conducting oral history interviews there are online and in-person oral history workshops they can attend.

Preserving Oral Histories

Once you've finished conducting oral history interviews, you may be wondering what to do with them next. Many oral historians choose to house them in a library, archives, or historical society for other researchers to access. The following resource can assist you in determining where to store your interviews.

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