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Research Impact & Scholarly Credentials

Information, tools, and suggestions for documenting the significance of scholarly credentials and accomplishments.

What is Cultural/Social Impact?

press vectorFor creative artists (e.g. writers, musicians, artists, dancers, designers, directors, filmmakers, etc.) who may not necessarily have their creative works cited in scholarly literature, information on live readings, performances, exhibitions, productions, reviews, recordings, galleries, grants awarded, and prizes won, can be indicative of the social or cultural impact and therefore of a creative artist's influence.


Impact of Performance, Exhibition, Screening or Reading etc.

The impact of a performance, exhibition, reading, etc. can be shown by the number of events, ticket sales, reviews, and where the reviews were published. Information on the venues themselves can also be significant:

  • Website of the Venue -- The website of the venue often gives information concerning the history and importance of the space.
  • Annual Giving Report of the Venue -- All non-profit organizations are required to make public an “annual giving report”. This report indicates what foundation and corporate funding an organization has received, which is an indicator of the importance of the venue.

Locate notices of readings and subsequent reviews in the local press using newspaper databases:


Then, check the circulation statistics of the individual newspapers/magazines for an indication of the impact of the public announcement of the reading notice and/or review:

Prizes and Awards

Information on the significance of prizes and awards can be obtained by finding information about the organization conferring the prize, the number and names (if available) of nominees for the award, previous winners, and the publications announcing the award.

 

For information on an organization, the number and names of nominees for a prize, and previous winners, try the website of the organization. Other resources for information on organizations include:

Also, look for announcements of the award in the local press using newspaper databases:


Then, check the circulation statistics of the individual newspapers/magazines for an indication of the impact of the public announcement of the prize or award: