Basic Search

Basic Search is a good place to begin searching eHRAF by freely entering one or more keywords of your choice. You can find the Basic Search tab on the navigation bar at the top of the eHRAF interface.

Simply begin by typing a word or phrase into the search box. Your entry will be automatically matched to eHRAF's culture and subject categories to retrieve precise information from the paragraphs of the documents. For example, if you enter a culture name, the search will attempt to match it against the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) terms included in the database. Likewise, keywords will be matched against the subject indexing system based on the Outline of Material Cultures (OCM).

Basic search tries to "do the work for you". If you prefer to select from lists of cultures (OWC) and subjects (OCM) and/or add and exclude keywords to customize your query, try Advanced Search.

Here are some tips and best practices for entering your Basic Search query:

  • Check the box to the right of the search box if you want to search for the exact keywords, but not for subject categories.
  • To search for an exact phrase, put the phrase in quotation marks (").
  • For wild cards, use an asterisk (*). If you truncate a word at the stem, an asterisk will also allow you to find additional forms of the word. E.g. a search for myth* will return paragraph results containing myth, myths, mythology, mythologies, and so on.
  • You may enter a 3- or 4-digit OCM identifier in Basic Search if you know it.
  • Avoid using hyphens. E.g. hunter-gatherers should be entered as hunter gatherers.
  • Reserve more complex searches with multiple culture names and preferred subject category refinements for Advanced Search.