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Applied Psychology: Culture, Context, & Psychology

This guide organizes the most important resources for students in Steinhardt's Applied Psychology programs.

Human Relations Area Files (HRAF)

eHRAF World Cultures
This cross-cultural database contains in-depth ethnographic information on all aspects of cultural and social life across the globe. The annually-growing eHRAF database is unique in that the information is organized into cultures and ethnic groups and the full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level.

Anthropology Resources

You can search in an anthropology database for additional research on a particular cultural group.  

For more context on how to use anthropological resources, as well as a list of further sources, please see our Anthropology Research Guide.

Education Resources

The International and Comparative Education research guide is indispensable for researching educational systems around the world. 

Start on the guide's Background Information page, which includes a list of core reference works on the subject as well as databases for finding basic country information. 

Area Specialists

Bobst Library has area specialist who are familiar with resources devoted to particular geographical regions and/or languages. If you are studying a cultural group that falls within one of the following areas, please feel free to contact the librarian listed below:

Africana Studies:
Tim Johnson,

East Asian Studies:
Beth Katzoff,

European Studies (Western Europe, Hungary, Romania):
Andrew H. Lee,

Hebrew & Judaic Studies:
Evelyn Ehrlich,

Latin American & Caribbean Studies:
Angela Carreno,

Middle Eastern Studies:
Guy Burak,

Slavic Studies: 
Diana Greene,

South Asian Studies:
Aruna Magier,


Reference Works on Cultural and Social Context

Below is a selection of reference titles for background information about a particular cultural group, religion, and/or nation.  

To access these works and more, search for them by title OR browse for them under the "Nation and World," "Religion," and/or "History" categories in Gale Virtual Reference Library.

In addition, Credo Reference is an excellent general source of background information on various subjects, including individual cultural groups.