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The Human Relations Area Files’ mission is to promote understanding of cultural diversity and commonality in the past and present. To accomplish this mission, the Human Relations Area Files produces scholarly resources and infrastructure for research, teaching and learning, and supports and conducts original research on cross-cultural variation. Learn more about HRAF.

Our award-winning, membership-based eHRAF World Cultures database contains information on present and past aspects of cultural and social life for a worldwide sample of societies. The contents are organized by cultures and indexed at the paragraph level by HRAF anthropologists with unique subject identifier codes from the Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM), making it ideal for both exploratory, in-depth cultural research, and cross-cultural comparisons.

Learn more about database features, the cultures and subjects covered in our collection, and find membership and trial information for eHRAF World Cultures here.
eHRAF Archaeology is an award-winning online database covering the prehistory of a sample of archaeological traditions around the world. Designed to facilitate comparative archaeological studies, this database is organized into archaeological traditions by region. Like eHRAF World Cultures, each document within our collection has been subject-indexed by HRAF anthropologists using HRAF's Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM).

Learn more about eHRAF Archaeology, including the subjects and traditions covered in the database, and find membership and trial information here.
Teaching eHRAF is an interdisciplinary teaching resource aimed at providing faculty with ideas about how to use the eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology online databases in their curricula. Most of the exercises have been written by faculty and HRAF staff, focusing on general anthropology, general archaeology, medical anthropology, and research methods.

Teaching eHRAF is a free, open access resource available to HRAF members and non-members alike. Some exercises may contain links into our membership databases, and most are best used in conjunction with a full eHRAF membership, but all are free to use and modify for your classroom needs. Learn more about full membership to our eHRAF databases here.
Edited and compiled by Carol R. Ember, Explaining Human Culture is a searchable database summarizing cross-cultural research findings from over 1000 studies. This unique service provides an interactive way for researchers to explore what previous cross-cultural research has uncovered about cultural universals and differences. In addition to searching past anthropological findings, we have also provided a series of topical summary modules authored by cross-cultural experts which offer a deeper look into selected cross-cultural topics of interest.

Explaining Human Culture is offered for free. No username or password is required.
Introducing Cross-Cultural Research, our cross-cultural course, makes an ideal companion to all of our products. In conjunction with our Basic Guide to Cross-Cultural Research, it offers colorful and engaging PDFs covering all aspects of cross-cultural research, from design to statistical analysis. Use these resources to brush up on your knowledge of cross-cultural research methodology from start to finish.

This Cross-Cultural Course is open access and available free of charge. No username or password is required.

You may also wish to refer to our Basic Guide to Cross Cultural Research.

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