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RESEARCH TOOLS

JOURNALISTS ON DEADLINE need to find reliable information about arts and entertainment — and find it fast. Below are some sights on specific areas of the arts that journalists in our network reccommend highly to their colleagues. More sites will be added in the future.

Policy & Research

C-Panda
A comperehensive database of arts research, searchable and complete with summaries of the latest research on current issues in the arts

NEA Research Division
Links to surveys and research on public participation in the arts.

The Foundation Center
Information on foundations and charities and research about trends in philanthropy
Americans for the Arts
Economic impact studies, polls, information on arts policy, and practical research about the arts.

Music

Pause and Play
Source for upcoming CD release dates, both new releases and reissues

Pitchfork
Source for indie-rock news and an impressive bank of reviews

Aquarius Records
Source for unusual CD releases and upcoming indie releases
Pollstar
Database for touring bands and concert news which is searchable by act, city or venue

Architecture

The Great Buildings Collection
Good general research guide cross-linked with Architecture Week

archINFORM
Good resource for contemporary architecture and architects

About: Architecture
Popular guide to major architects and buildings
ArchiNed
Informational offerings on recent news/events in contemporary architecture

Visual Arts

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Timeline of Art History
The art timeline of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is superb and easy to navigate.

Louvre Database
The Louvre's database covers the holdings in the museum's numerous permanent collections.

The Unwritten History Project
Franklin Furnace Archive is an extensive online database, featuring basic data and links to numerous documents covering the history of the visual arts and performance art avant-garde of roughly the past three decades.
 

Film

Box Office Mojo
Offers all of the box-office statistics you could ever want.

IndieWire
Covers the independent-movie scene and offers in-depth coverage of upcoming releases and festivals, as well as exclusive interviews with actors and directors.

IMDb
The internet movie database.
Rotten Tomatoes
Averages film reviews from hundreds of respected sources to give each movie an overall rating.

History and General Reference

Infoplease
Offers general or statistical facts about everything.

CIA: The World Factbook
Contains specific information about every country in the world.


Theater

Dance

Books
Searchable site contains synopses and reviews concerning every book ever written.

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