Project Description

Introduction

 

The significance of the internet as a research tool in our science is increasing rapidly. Studies of the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (Bundesministerium für Forschung und Bildung) show that most people will not use a systematic approach when using general search engines like Altavista. The Virtual Library of Social Anthropology EVIFA tries to meet the scientific community's growing demand for a fast, comprehensive access to subject specific information, and offers a high-quality gateway, regardless of the where about.

 

The task of the Virtual Library of Social Anthropology is the acquisition of anthropologically relevant online sources and resources (Ethno-Guide), and to make these accessible for research and information retrieval. These resources will include databases, the inventories of the Special Subject Collections in Berlin and in Frankfurt/Main, various library catalogues, online publications and online journals ...

 

The DFG (German Research Society / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) funds the development of the Virtual Libraries. These Virtual Libraries emerge primarily in connection to the respective Special Subject Collection. The Humboldt University Library of Berlin has been responsible for the Special Subject Collections (SSG - Sondersammelgebiete) "General and Comparative Folklore Studies" ("Allgemeine und vergleichende Volkskunde") as well as "General and Comparative Social Anthropology" ("Allgemeine und vergleichende Völkerkunde") since January 1st 1998. The goal of the subject specialist department is to apply this Virtual Library tool to link up ethnological institutions and related information services.

 

A detailed overview of EVIFA's modules and features is currently only available in German. Naturally, not all wishes have come true since the first release in October 2003. But we are working on it ...