eHRAF is not like a typical eBook or eJournal database: it's much more dynamic! A search in eHRAF returns page- and paragraph-level results, showing you the most relevant parts of the text(s) from the eHRAF collection that match your search. This is made possible because all of the content has been indexed to the paragraph level by HRAF anthropologists.
Being able to find and collect specific ethnographic information across hundreds of cultures at once is what makes eHRAF indispensible for comparative cultural research. In the search and retrieval process, individual paragraphs of ethnographic source material are given an equal weighting, irrespective of author or document title. It is this unique search system that allows eHRAF to be used for both broad and narrow topics, across many cultures, a few, or even just one.
Search results are output on paragraph-by-paragraph basis with the ability to expand to a page-by-page view in order to read selections in their original context and to move forward or backward through a document.
Region, country, culture name, subject code, subsistence type and sample type are some of the ways that eHRAF enables you to filter and sort cultural information.
You can print or email your paragraph and page results, complete with subject categories and identifiers in the sidebar and citation information.
You can quickly and easily export formatted bibliographic citations from eHRAF.
PDF files of complete ethnographic documents are not available to download.
Past searches and/or search results cannot yet be saved or stored directly inside eHRAF.
The following sections in this guide will illustrate what you can expect from search results in eHRAF as well as how to navigate them.