The eHRAF system hosts an extensive collection of ethnographic materials that offer a fantastic starting point to discussing cultural themes and completed research in anthropology. The system is highly functional, as well as easily searchable, and it can handle complex search strings for serious research projects. I particularly enjoy using the eHRAF system for introductory class projects because it enables students to both gain experience in completing comparative research projects and to become familiar with the collections available in the HRAF and eHRAF cultural databases. My students have been impressed by the breadth of topics and cultural areas included in this database that are accessible to them as they begin to develop and hone research skills.
Furthermore, the eHRAF web design is well organized and engaging. Outside of the search tools, I am especially fond of the featured culture link that encourages visitors to learn about the basics of living in another cultural group. I have recommended this component to my students who want to learn more about cultures and need a solid place to start. Overall, the web design is attractive and user friendly. It would be difficult to leave this site feeling bored.
The eHRAF staff is friendly and knowledgeable. When needed, I have been able to receive information and feedback quickly and technical issues are resolved expeditiously. This is very important to me as I have large classes that require access to the system for various assignments, and the overall stability and maintenance of the database matters significantly to complete these projects effectively.
Kathryn has also contributed the following class syllabi to HRAF’s collection of teaching exercises (learn more at Teaching eHRAF):