Human Relations Area Files
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    The Human Relations Area Files at Yale University

    eHRAF World Cultures (ehrafworldcultures.yale.edu) and eHRAF Archaeology (ehrafarchaeology.yale.edu) are award-winning databases for cultural and archaeological research. Search across 400 cultures and archaeological traditions, 800,000 pages of ethnographic text, photographs, excavation reports, and more.

    Every single paragraph has been subject-indexed by anthropologists at HRAF. With over 800 cultural topics to search by (e.g. preventative medicine, gossip, etc) you can locate the precise materials you need for your research.

    We are more than a research collection. We are a hands-on research institute run by sponsoring member institutions across the globe. We offer personalized research assistance and anthropological guidance to member institutions worldwide, including leading free live webinars in cross-cultural research methods for undergraduate courses, and training sessions for conducting cross-cultural research (http://hraf.yale.edu/ccc/)

    Do you teach culture or anthropological topics? Incorporate more active-learning activities into your courses with our wealth of open-source, faculty-made classroom activities, course projects, and syllabi, many complete with SLO’s and rubrics--- all freely available at Teaching eHRAF (hraf.yale.edu/teaching-ehraf/) Find quick cross-cultural research exercises on everything from altered states of consciousness to hunter-gatherers.

    We offer 2-months of full institutional access for any college, university, or research institute across the globe.

    Doing any interesting research using eHRAF collections? We'd love to hear from you and feature your research on our website. We also welcome submissions of teaching exercises at Teaching eHRAF website, photographs to feature on our sites, and occasional guest blog posts. Show less
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