User Support, Services & Guides

The eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology databases are powerful research and teaching tools. To better understand what eHRAF is and how it is used, we provide several different guides and support options.

The Practical Guide to Using eHRAF

This guide shows how eHRAF is structured and highlights the Browse and Search sections of eHRAF and provides useful search tips.

eHRAF Search Examples and Methodology

Step-by-step instructions for building an Advanced Search with the Add Cultures/Subjects functions, and keyword(s).  In this section you’ll find the methodology for refining a search by regions, subsistence (e.g. hunter-gatherers) types and sample types (PSF, SRS) to effectively search the eHRAF databases.

Video Tutorials

These short video tutorials take you through basic and advanced searching in eHRAF.

Citing eHRAF

How to cite text and features from eHRAF.

Basic Guide to Cross-Cultural Research

This brief guide takes you through the basic steps of a cross-cultural study using the HRAF Collection of Ethnography– on paper, fiche, or online.

Support, Services, and Webinars

HRAF prides itself in providing personalized support for its users and member institutions including: informative webinars for librarians, brainstorming sessions for faculty, research help for students, and customized webinars for student classes.

Nature and Use of the HRAF Files: A Research and Teaching Guide

The HRAF microfiche files were issued to member institutions from the 1950s to the early 1990s. This guide, downloadable in PDF format, was published in 1974 and was used to explain the nature and structure of the HRAF microfiche files.  Although the guide focuses on the HRAF microfiche files, it provides relevant information in understanding the nature of the current format — the online eHRAF World Cultures database.

Topics in Nature and Use of the HRAF Files: A Research and Teaching Guide (49 MB; 49 Pages) include:

Part I.  The Nature of the HRAF Files: An Overview
Part II. Study and Research Applications of the HRAF Files
Part III. Teaching Applications of the HRAF Files
Part IV. How to Use the HRAF Files: Principles and Techniques
Part V. Organization of the HRAF Files
Part VI. Toward A  Comprehensive, Cultural Information System

Related Links

Topics and Cultures in eHRAF: This printable PDF document serves as handy reference and overview of all the topics on cultural and social life, as well as all cultures, past and present, currently covered in HRAF’s cross-cultural online databases.













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