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Oral History

This guide will provide access to some recommended resources on oral histories.

Can't find a specific item? Try Interlibrary Loan or visit an affiliated library.

Use these search terms to find more books on oral history:

oral history
oral tradition
oral biography
history -- methodology

Other Oral History Collections:

Consult books and reference books (for example: encyclopedia, atlases, directories and dictionaries) for preliminary research and background information.

These are some of the periodicals that publish peer-reviewed articles on your topic. Use them in your academic research and to become familiar with the leading scholars, issues, and trends in the field.

Looking for specific articles on a topic? Visit our Electronic Databases page and search the resources listed there.

Expertise in oral history methodologies can open the door to many professional opportunities, such as:

Historian
Folklorist
Folklife Specialist
Exhibits Specialist
Curator
Ethnographer

Professional organizations conduct research, publish, hold conferences and events, collect job listings and statistics, and perform a variety of other activities to promote and support the field. Examine their websites, follow them on social media, attend conferences, or consider volunteering. This will help you to stay current in the field and to build your professional network.

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