The best interviews have a measured, thinking-out-loud quality, as perceptive questions work and rework a particular topic, encouraging the narrator to remember details, seeking to clarify that which is muddled, making connections among seemingly disconnected recollections, challenging contradictions, evoking assessments of what it all meant then and what it means now.
Preparing for your interview
Historical Context for your interview
Making Sense of Oral History, accessed Sept. 23, 2013.
These sites and books provide practical information on how to do an oral history interview including techniques, equipment and transcribing interviews.
Keep in mind
How to use oral histories
For more information on using oral histories as primary sources see: Making Sense of Oral History
To find oral history transcripts as well as video interviews available in the Libraries use UW Libraries Search and use the terms interviews or oral histories in conjunction with your topic. For example:
Collectons available online:
Examples of an oral history citation: