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SELECTED LINKS FOR LEARNING BEST PRACTICES IN ORAL HISTORY:

The Workshop on the Web from Baylor University Institute for Oral History offers instruction in designing a project and conducting an interview, transcribing and publishing interviews, as well as additional resources on oral history theory and application. Workshops designed for classroom teachers and students are also available.

Baylor's Institute for Oral History also offers an online workshop,"Getting Started with Oral History," twice a year. The workshop offers six hours of instruction, a number of resources for facilitating oral history projects, and ongoing consultation.

The Oral History Association provides vital information for oral history project development through its Evaluation Guidelines and other publicatiions.

The most up-to-date news concerning oral history worldwide is available on the H-Net Oral History Discussion List. This site also lists Web sites for oral history projects by topic and allows a search of topics on the discussion list archives.

Will your project be digital? Start your training with the George Mason University Center for History and New Media.

Capturing the Living Past: An Oral History Primer, by Barbara W. Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan, is provided by the Nebraska State Historical Society.

"Making Sense of Oral History," by Linda Shopes, is a manual on interpreting oral history.

Matrix Oral History Tutorial is a practical guide to audio recording technology, including instruction in audio recording techniques, digitalization, and restoration.

Oral History Techniques, by Barbara Truesdell, is available from the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory.

"Smithsonian Folklore and Oral History Interviewing Guide" is available from the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.