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History & Political Science Resources: Oral Histories

Ashland University Library Sources for History and Political Science students.

Making Sense of Oral History

Making Sense of Oral History offers a place for students and teachers to begin working with oral history interviews as historical evidence. Written by Linda Shopes, this guide presents an overview of oral history and ways historians use it, tips on what questions to ask when reading or listening to oral history interviews, a sample interpretation of an interview, an annotated bibliography, and a guide to finding and using oral history online.

The resource is a component of History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web, which was first developed in 1998 by the American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, City University of New York, and the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, with initial funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Oral History on the Web



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