Paper_Formatting_and_Interview_Tips

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Oral History Tips and Paper Format Goal of the oral history project is to understand history from a lived experience through the interviewing of an individual. Oral histories provide a colorful look into a person’s life, decisions, and experiences that are not usually included in text. Through oral histories, another viewpoint can be recorded and obtained. The following are some tips and suggestions in conducting an oral interview. See also the Library of Congress: http:// memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/oralhist/ohguide.html for additional resources on oral histories. Suggested Stages for Interview and Paper: 1. Identify and research an organization you are interested in learning more about. By selecting and knowing about the organization, when you make the call to interview a staff or key personnel they will recognize your sincerity in wanting to learn more about them. 2. Identify the goal of your interview. (Do you want to understand about a community need such as youth development or senior services or more about a specific program or how they provide services to a targeted population etc…These can be simple goals with the idea of expanding on your interview as during the conversation or in a follow up interview.) 3. Conduct some research on the organization’s background. (Conducting a good interview means having some understanding of your interviewee’s /organization background. This helps to provide background on how to generate interview questions as well as identify key moments in your interviewee’s comments that you could follow up.) This will also help when you contact the organization and can demonstrate your ready knowledge of their programs and mission.
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