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Trial Databases: Human Relations Area File - World Cultures

Human Relations Area File - World Cultures

Trial runs through April 30, 2018 .

Access: click here [Note: you must access this trial from on campus, connected to Drake Wifi]

eHRAF World Cultures contains ethnographic collections covering all aspects of cultural and social life. The eHRAF World Cultures, as well as the eHRAF Archaeology database,  are winners of CHOICE’s Outstanding Academic Title Awards. They were also both named “Top 10 Internet Resources” in 2015.

eHRAF is unique in having subject indexing at the paragraph level. This allows detailed and precise searching for concepts not easily found with keywords. The Features, Benefits & Uses section highlights eHRAF’s distinctive attributes such as the ability to search by cultures, subjects, regions, and even subsistence types. It also gives an overview of the type of studies and academic disciplines that can use eHRAF for research and teaching.

Cultures Covered lists the all the cultures, ethnic groups and indigenous people currently included in eHRAF. It also lists those cultures covered in the microfiche version of what was once called HRAF Collection of Ethnography.

The subjects that are used in indexing and searching the ethnographic texts in eHRAF are based on the Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM), a vast thesaurus of subject terms and descriptions.