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Social Anthropology

Human Relations Area Files

We  have a subscription to eHRAF World Cultures a systematically organized collection of thousands of books and articles on cultures from all regions of the world; provides information on particular cultures, ethnic groups, or immigrant groups, their beliefs and superstitions, or subjects such as political structure, architecture, kinship units, or settlement patterns. The information is organized by cultures and ethnic groups and the full-text documents are subject-indexed at the paragraph level. It currently consists of more than 300 cultures. Watch this tutorial on using eHRAF World Cultures:

If the cultural group you are looking for is not in eHRAF World Cultures, be sure to check the more complete Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) microfiche collection of books, articles, and unpublished papers on more than 300 ethnic, religious, cultural, and national groups worldwide.  Materials are arranged according to a classification system based on manuals (outlines)  cited below. There is a separate research guide on HRAF.

Anthropology/Sociology & interim Philosophy Bibliographer

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Chris Smith
Contact:
jchris@bu.edu
Mugar Memorial Library
617-353-2376