Renewed Trial: eHRAF World Cultures and Archaeology

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The Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF) at Yale University has renewed trial access to their HRAF Archaeology and World Cultures databases for UMass Lowell through the end of April, 2011.

eHRAF World Cultures is an online cross-cultural database that contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life. Information is organized into cultures and ethnic groups and the full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level.

Each culture or ethnic group contains a variety of source documents (books, articles, and dissertations) that have been indexed and organized according to HRAF’s comprehensive culture and subject classification systems:the Outline of World Cultures and the Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM). These retrieval systems allow for precise culture and subject retrieval.

eHRAF Archaeology is a cross-cultural database containing information on the world’s prehistory.  The full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level. It is organized by regions and archaeological traditions. Each tradition consists of a general summary and full-text documents including books, journal articles, dissertations, and manuscripts.

The Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF), founded in 1949 at Yale University, is an internationally recognized organization in the field of cultural anthropology. Its mission is to encourage and facilitate worldwide comparative studies of human behavior, society, and culture.

Key Features of eHRAF include:

  • Comparative research and teaching
  • Full-text databases (books, journal articles, dissertations) on all aspects of cultural and social life
  • Western & non-Western cultures, ethnic minorities, indigenous people, and archaeological traditions
  • Subject indexing at the paragraph-level for efficient retrieval of information

Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

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