HRAF Databases – A Student "How-to"

Meg Arnette, a junior at Kutztown University majoring in English, is one of the fabulous student workers in the Learning Technologies Center in the library. After using the HRAF databases available through Rohrbach Library, she volunteered to create a “How-to” for them that could be posted on our blog. Here is what Meg had to say about the databases followed by a link to her handout.

Kutztown University recently subscribed to two databases from Human Relations Area FIles, Inc. (HRAF): the HRAF Collection of Archeology and the HRAF Collection of Ethnography. The Collection of Archeology contains “nearly 60,000 pages of information on the world’s prehistory” and the Collection of Ethnography has “over 350,000 pages of information on all aspects of cultural and social life.”

As a Literature major, I am constantly writing papers and doing research, for classes and for my own personal enjoyment. HRAF is probably one of the best databases I have ever come across. I recently had to use the HRAF Collection of Ethnography for an Anthropology class, and I was really impressed by the organization, search choices and overall presentation of the database.

To access Meg’s handout (with screen shots), click on the PDF link below.

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