ERIC Number: ED106167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Nature and Use of the HRAF Files: A Research and Teaching Guide.
Lagace, Robert O.
This guide is designed to give teachers and students an understanding of the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF). The HRAF Files are a collection of primary source materials on selected cultures representing all major areas of the world. In general, information on man's behavior, customs, and social institutions may be found in the Files. The guide also provides case examples of some particularly suitable uses of the files. Opening with "Study and Research Applications of the HRAF Files," examples are given of the kinds of information retrievable in a cross-cultural or area search as well as suggestions for the information of other questions and ways of approaching the material. Another section on teaching applications includes use of the Files for training in research, for individual or class projects, and for the teachers' own preparation. Sections on the use and organization of the Files discuss methods for retrieving information based on the classification and indexing of information in the files, given a particular research problem, and describe the physical format of the files. Other components of the HRAF system include an orientation film reference tools, and a computerized archive. A reference section and appendices containing research topics and explications of the system's technicalities conclude the guide. (JH)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Area Studies, Behavioral Science Research, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Culture, Data Collection, Ethnography, Information Storage, Information Utilization, Microforms, Primary Sources, Research, Search Strategies, Social Sciences
HRAF MANUALS, Human Relations Area Files, Inc., P.O. Box 2015 Y.S., New Haven, Conn. 06520 ($1.00 per copy, bulk orders; free on request to individual scholars)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Relations Area Files, Inc., New Haven, CT.