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* Arts Administration: Databases

information for students in Arts Administration classes.

An Arts Administration star: GuideStar Pro

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GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. The University of Kentucky Libraries subscribes to GuideStar Library Services, whereby we can give our researchers on-site or remote access to GuideStar Pro. 

What Patrons Can Do with GuideStar Library Services:

  • Search 2.5 million nonprofit organizations
  • Use powerful filters to refine extensive search results
  • Access all available IRS Forms 990
  • View financial data, including revenue tables, expense tables, and balance sheets
  • Print attractive full reports


Link to our subscription:

find journals

Search for journals that can be found in the UK Libraries in InfoKat.  Online journals are found in the E-Journals Database.

Good source of demographic data: Mintel

Best bets - more databases for Arts Administration topics

Art administration information can be found in a variety of databases. 

Search for articles on artists, musicians, actors, and reviews in the indexes below. For example, the Music Periodicals Database provides the full-text of articles in magazines and newspapers such as Rolling Stone.





Newspapers and general:


Issues of intellectual property, arts management, contracts, and commerce in the arts are also covered in business and law databases:

Getting database articles themselves (if not via direct links in the database)


Once you have found a list of citations for articles on your topic in the databases, how do you get the articles themselves?


  1. Sometimes the full text of the article is already attached to the database citation, as a PDF or HTML file. (Yay!) If so, just click to open, save, or print it!

  2. More often, the databases provide the citation only, telling you where to find the articles. Check InfoKat to see if UK Libraries has the periodical in our collection and if we have the issue or date you need. (Search by the title of the journal or magazine, not the title of the specific article.)

  3. If our library does have the title and issue/date you need, we might have it online, in hard copy/print, or both. Click through from the InfoKat record for online versions, or for print versions, go to the shelf at the library to find and scan a copy of the article for yourself. 
    If UK does not collect the magazine or journal you need, or we do not have access to the issue or date you need, you can request the article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). UK Libraries will request a scan from another library and then forward it on to you.



View Now UK

If you see a "View Now UK" button in a database, clicking it can often provide a shortcut to a journal's website, so it is worth trying, but it is often faster and always more accurate to check InfoKat to see if our library provides access to a periodical you need.