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Research Methodologies Guide

A collection of resources describing research methods in the social sciences and the humanities

Life Histories

According to Payne & Payne (2004),

"Life histories are records of individuals’ personal experiences and the connections between them and past social events, while auto/biography treats these accounts not as established facts but as social constructions requiring further investigation and re-interpretation."

This type of research is often accomplished through in-depth interviews with individuals about their lives or specific events which occurred during their lifetimes. Sometimes, this research is stored as oral histories, in which the words of the individual being interviewed are recorded and presented "as is." 

For more information on life histories, review the resources below:

Where to Start

Below we have compiled a resources that can help you start your Life History research.

Additional Resources