October 25, 2007

eHRAF database changes and improves

Changes to Alloway Library’s access to the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University and the eHRAF Collection of Ethnography are underway. This cross-cultural database contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life. The eHRAF database is unique in that the information is organized by cultures and ethnic groups and the full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level. A new beta version of the database features a new name, eHRAF World Cultures, a new URL and includes 10 additional cultures.

Users of this database can continue to connect to it via the library’s webpage. Patrons who have bookmarked eHRAF Collection of Ethnography will need to update the URL from http://ets.umdl.umich.edu/e/ehrafe to http://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/ehrafe/ .

HRAF is also implementing a new interface with new content and a new name for the eHRAF Collections. During the fall semester Alloway Library users are encouraged to try the beta version of eHRAF World Cultures. The current version, eHRAF Collection of Ethnography, will continue to be available until February 2008 when the new version is launched. HRAF will be making upgrades and design changes to the beta sites during the fall semester and intends to confine downtime to evenings and weekends. Feedback about the new interface is welcomed; fill out the survey form at http://hraf.yale.asp.educarasurvey.com

For more information about eHRAF visit Alloway Library's information page or talk to one of our Librarians

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