HRAF (Human Relations Area File) is a collection of descriptive ethnographic research data which is located both electronically - through the Library's online databases (eHRAF), and in microfiche - a much more comprehensive collection - at the Reference Desk. HRAF contains descriptive data on more than 300 groups of people from around the world.
HRAF enables the researcher to investigate cross–cultural issues such as sex roles, child care, marriage, and religion. Most of the groups included represent smaller societies such as the Ashanti (FE12), Aztec (NU7), Iroquois (NM09), or Yoruba (FF62).
However, HRAF includes files for U.S. groups such as African Americans (NK4) and Chicanos (N7). In addition other files of interest include: Koreans (AA01), Japanese (AB43), and Vietnamese (AM11).