Finding what you need

There are two main ways to navigate the site: browsing the categories under which individual pieces of research are located, or by using the search bar. In addition to using the menus at the top of every page, you can use the Contents page to explore what’s here. Just use the search bar as you would with any other search engine.

You can also use the key words attached to each page to bring up other content with the same key word. For example, a piece of research tagged with ‘Canada’ can lead you to all other research connected to that country.

What is in CultureCase?

In collating research for this resource we have selected only those studies from peer reviewed academic journals that we think respond to the questions and challenges identified by our network of cultural sector partners. There are more details in the FAQ section on how we have selected and treated articles.

Primarily, this site is comprised of research summaries that are c300 words in length that have been generated by in-depth reading of selected papers. We have created our own summaries because academic abstracts can contain a large amount of technical jargon and often focus on what’s most important to other researchers, rather than a more general audience. By authoring our own summaries we are able to ensure that there is a consistent style across all the entries.

How to cite content

Each entry in this resource has a headline and a summary. It is also accompanied by a range of bibliographic data about the source material on which the summary was based. We expect most people to read the headline and the summary, but if you would like to investigate the study in more detail you can click through to the original academic paper (some of which are freely available online). When referring to information on this site it is best to link to the relevant entry in CultureCase, rather than the original academic paper itself. If you have read the paper yourself then please cite that reference directly.

A note of caution

Each of the research papers that make up this site has undergone a process of abstraction, that is to say they have been read and interpreted by us in order to draw out what we view are the most important and interesting findings. We have attempted to do this in such a way that stays true to the original research. However, as with any summary, there will be details about individual studies that we have had to omit. So we urge you to treat this material as a contribution to your thought process, rather than a full and detailed account of all relevant research from academic sources.