Teaching eHRAF

Carol R. Ember & Christiane Cunnar, editors


Teaching eHRAF is an innovative, interdisciplinary teaching resource for universities, colleges, and high schools aimed at providing faculty with ideas about how to use the eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology online databases in their curricula.

Most of the existing exercises have been written by faculty and HRAF staff, focusing on general anthropology, general archaeology, medical anthropology, and research methods ranging from easy (Level I) to difficult (Level III).

We invite faculty to look through the various exercises to see whether they fit their teaching needs. Please note that even though some of the exercises might not fit a particular course topic, they can still be used as “templates” as the HRAF specific topics can be interchanged.

Click Topics Covered for all OCM subjects on cultural and social life, indexed and searchable in the eHRAF World Cultures & Archaeology databases. Click Cultures by Regions & Subsistence Types for a current list of all cultures, ethnic groups and indigenous people in eHRAF World Cultures.  Click Traditions Covered for a current list of all prehistoric cultures and archaeological sequences in eHRAF Archaeology. The list is organized by regions, subsistence types, and absolute time period.

HRAF staff would be happy to assist with ideas in customizing the Teaching eHRAF exercises to fit the needs of your class.

As Teaching eHRAF grows, we hope that it will become a “place of exchange” for teaching materials in many disciplines. We encourage professors and instructors to submit teaching materials and welcome diversity in style, theme, and level of difficulty.

To familiarize yourself with the eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology databases and their unique indexing and search systems, we recommend that the students view the eHRAF User Guides.

* Using the exercises requires access to the online eHRAF World Cultures/Archaeology databases. If your institution is a member, you should have automatic log on; if not, you might be asked for a password.

For password information, to inquire about a semester-long trial, or if you want to submit a student exercise, please contact Christiane Cunnar, HRAF, at hraf@yale.edu or call her at 1-800-520-HRAF or 203-764-9401.

This printable PDF Document serves as handy reference to see all the topics and cultures, past and present, currently covered in HRAF’s cross-cultural online databases. It was last updated April 5, 2014. Please check for updates as more cultures are added on a regular basis.

Exercises and Assignments

Each chapter is assigned a level of difficulty:

Level I —student reads passage of text in eHRAF and answers fixed questions (answer provided to instructors), may involve some directed searches in eHRAF.
Level II—strategic searching in eHRAF with some direction.
Level III—research oriented exercises involving eHRAF and other research materials; moderately structured with some direction.
Level IV—more independent development of research and search strategies.

General Anthropology

General Archaeology

Medical Anthropology

Research Methods

Contributors List

Vicki Bentley-Condit, Department of Anthropology, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA 50112.

Christiane M. Cunnar, Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF) at Yale University, 755 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

William Divale, York College (CUNY), 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11451.

Carol R. Ember. Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF) at Yale University, 755 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Douglas A. Feldman , Department of Anthropology, The College at Brockport, State University of New York,350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY 14420 USA.

Bruce Freeman, Department of Anthropology, University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4, Canada.

Brad R. Huber, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424.

Howard Kress, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 354 Mansfield Rd, U-2176, Storrs, CT 06269-2176.

Jerome M. Levi, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton College, One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057.

Thomas W. Miller, Kittatinny Regional High School, 77 Halsey Road, Newton, NJ 07860

Brian Mooney,  Department of Social Sciences, York College (CUNY), 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11451.

Dianna Shandy, Department of Anthropology, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105.

Ian Skoggard, Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF) at Yale University, 755 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Dan Strouthes, Department of Geography and Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Phillips 257, Eau Claire, WI, 54702.

Nicola B. Tannenbaum, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Other resources for teaching

Rice, Patricia C. and David W. McCurdy, eds. Strategies in Teaching Anthropology, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. 2002.

Experience Rich Anthropology – Several different component projects and readings.

Ethnography Atlas – Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing, University of Kent.

Anthropological Index Online – online bibliographic search published by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) .


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