The Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF) has been engaged in cross-cultural research since 1949 and encourages comparative studies of human cultures and societies throughout the world. The eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology databases facilitate these types of studies by indexing and coding vast stores of ethnographic knowledge across over 400 cultures. HRAF also sponsors the peer-reviewed journal Cross-Cultural Research.
Guides & Resources
Learn more about key issues and how to conduct cross-cultural research using the eHRAF databases with guides produced by HRAF.
Products & Databases
HRAF's free, open access database and introductory course for cross-cultural research
This publicly accessible database contains information on over 1,000 cross-cultural studies spanning more than 100 years. It is accompanied by topical modules highlighting key anthropological themes and related cross-cultural findings.
An ideal companion to both eHRAF and Explaining Human Culture, this visual online course offers colorful and engaging PDFs covering the fundamentals of cross-cultural research, from design to statistical analysis.
Cross-Cultural Research at HRAF
Learn more about current and past research projects here at HRAF as well as the launch of our Advanced Research Centers in the USA and Europe.