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The Human Relations Area Files’ mission is to promote understanding of cultural diversity and commonality in the past and present. To accomplish this mission, the Human Relations Area Files produces scholarly resources and infrastructure for research, teaching and learning, and supports and conducts original research on cross-cultural variation. Learn more about HRAF.


eHRAF Databases

eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology are online databases that contain information on present and past aspects of cultural and social life. The membership-based, annually growing eHRAF databases are organized by cultures, ethnic groups, indigenous people, and/or archaeological traditions. A unique feature is subject-indexing at the paragraph-level to facilitate information retrieval.

The eHRAF World Cultures & Archaeology databases are winners of CHOICE’s Outstanding Academic Title Awards. They were also both named “Top 10 Internet Resources” in 2015.

Teaching eHRAF

The eHRAF Databases are multifaceted products with myriad uses, not just for research, but also for learning and teaching. Teaching eHRAF consolidates some of our best teaching resources in one easy location. Some of the exercises have been produced in-house by HRAF specialists, while others have been contributed by dedicated faculty from our member institutions. Teaching eHRAF is an ever-growing repository of free-to-use teaching exercises.


Explaining Human Culture

New! Edited and compiled by Carol R. Ember, President of HRAF, Explaining Human Culture beta is a searchable database summarizing cross-cultural research findings from over 800 documents. This unique service provides an interactive way for researchers to explore what previous cross-cultural research has uncovered about cultural universals and differences. In addition to searching past anthropological findings, we have also provided a series of topical summary modules authored by cross-cultural experts which offer a deeper look into selected cross-cultural topics of interest. The Beta version of Explaining Human Culture is offered for free. No username or password is required.


Introducing Cross-Cultural Research

New! Introducing Cross-Cultural Research, our cross-cultural course, makes an ideal companion to all of our products. In conjunction with our Basic Guide to Cross-Cultural Research, it offers colorful and engaging PDFs covering all aspects of cross-cultural research, from design to statistical analysis. Use these resources to brush up on your knowledge of cross-cultural research methodology from start to finish.