Starting the fall semester with HRAF

With the fall semester upon us, now is a good time to update yourself with HRAF’s products and services. Some of our latest offerings were launched this summer. In case you missed anything, this post will recap our essential anthropology resources for students, faculty and researchers.

Our Products

The first thing you may have noticed if you’re visiting our homepage for the first time since the previous academic year (welcome back!), is that we have made some structural changes to help you find things easier. One noteworthy addition is our Products page, where we have highlighted all of our top resources for easy access.

Our Products

Current or prospective eHRAF members can find more information about the World Cultures and Archaeology databases, while teaching faculty can easily access our collection of open access teaching syllabi. It’s not too late to prepare eHRAF-based coursework by adapting one of our many sample assignments.

You’ll also find two new items in our product lineup that were both launched in Summer 2016. The first, Explaining Human Culture (beta version at, is a publicly accessible database containing information on over 800 cross-cultural studies spanning more than 100 years. Check out the video below for a closer look. The second, Introducing Cross-Cultural Research (, is a visual online course on the fundamentals of cross-cultural research. Both can be used to enhance cross-cultural research and learning and can be incorporated, in whole or in part, into most curricula. Read more about these resources here.

Help & More

Need help? We’ve got you covered with our newly revamped¬†Help & Support page and recently updated and reformatted eHRAF User Guides. Follow this link for a full announcement about how to find our comprehensive help guides directly in the eHRAF Databases.

As a companion to the databases, our top downloads can be found on the Reference Materials page. This includes the Outline of Cultural Materials, PDF and Excel files of cultures and traditions covered in the eHRAF Databases, and information about cross-cultural samples used.

If you have any more questions about eHRAF or prefer more interactive help, you can join a free weekly online training session hosted by Christiane Cunnar (HRAF Member Services). View this post to learn how to register and to choose a time and date that works for you.


More exciting news from this summer is HRAF’s collaboration with D-PLACE, the Database of Places, Language, Culture and Environment. Read more about how eHRAF and D-PLACE make excellent complementary research tools.

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