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Institutional Trial of eHRAF World Cultures & Archaeology

Academic institutions and/or public libraries are eligible for a free 60-day IP-based trial for eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology.  Please have your librarian (or consortium representative) fill in the form below to receive more information about how to set up an IP trial.


Please note:


⚠️Researchers, Instructors and/or Students should contact their librarians to request a trial. IP trials will not be granted for individual users.

Terms and Conditions for the eHRAF databases

1. Authorized Institutional Trial Users of eHRAF World Cultures (hereafter “eHRAF”) may make all use of eHRAF as is consistent with and not in violation of the Fair Use Provisions under copyright law of the United States of America, international law, or the use restrictions set forth below. Nothing in this Agreement is intended to limit in any way whatsoever the Institution’s or any Authorized User’s rights to use eHRAF under the Fair Use provisions of United States or international law.

“Authorized Users” include:

1) Persons affiliated with the Institution including: full- and part-time students, employees (including faculty, staff, affiliated researchers and independent contractors);

2) Patrons not affiliated with the Institution who are physically present at the Institution’s site(s) (“walk-ins”);

2. eHRAF shall be used solely for non-commercial scientific research or educational purposes. Any other use will require a mutual agreement between HRAF and the applicable party.

3. Subject to adherence to conditions 1 and 2, above, eHRAF may be used as follows:

a) Authorized Institutional trial users may download, copy, or print a reasonable portion of eHRAF data for their own scientific, research, or educational use, provided that such use does not exceed the limits set out in 4b. Instructors may use or display a reasonable portion of eHRAF data for classroom use, including teaching handouts or digital presentations.

b) Authorized Trial Institutions may provide electronic links to eHRAF from Institution’s web page(s), and are encouraged to do so in ways that will increase the usefulness of eHRAF to Authorized Users. HRAF staff will assist the Institution upon request in creating such links effectively. The Institution may make changes in the appearance of such links and/or in statements accompanying such links as reasonably requested by HRAF.

4. eHRAF users may not:

a) Provide and/or authorize access to eHRAF content to others, including the sharing of user names and passwords.

b) Download, digitally copy, print out, distribute or otherwise make available significant portions of eHRAF beyond what is considered Fair Use (see number 1)

c) Produce or distribute derivative works that make extensive use of eHRAF’s search algorithms and metadata (such as eHRAF’s Outline of Cultural Materials, Outline of World Cultures and/or subject-indexing at the paragraph level) without written permission from HRAF.

d) Attempt to override, circumvent, or disable any eHRAF security features or software protections designed to limit printing, emailing, copying and downloading of content.

e) Unduly burden or disrupt eHRAF servers with automated computer programs that download, extract or export a high volume of content at a rapid pace.


Not a member of an academic institution or public library? Try a 30-day individual trial membership instead.

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