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Oral History and the IRB Process

In 2003, the Office of Human Research Protections within the U.S.

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Oral history, defined as a method of gathering and preserving historical information through recorded interviews with participants about past events and ways of life, is not subject to IRB review if the researcher does not seek to generalize to a larger population beyond the oral history case study.

For examples that illustrate the distinction, click here.

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