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  • AltaVista: look under Arts. AltaVista uses data from the Open Directory Directory. You can also search this most famous of search engines. Date updated: 2005-03-14.
  • is the Canadian version of established in 2002.
  • search and buy books, music, videos, and more.
  • Archaeology in Fiction Bibliography by Anita G. Cohen-Williams (Summer 1994) is an annotated bibliography of fiction about archaeologists and their finds, some of which are archival in nature (for example, ancient scrolls) or feature museums. None of the entries are more current than 1994. Date updated: 2010-09-05.
  • Art Historians' Guide to the Movies by Craig Eliason
  • Bibliomysteries was created by Marsha McCurley (1951-2004) and contains references to archives and archivists featured in mysteries. The site was redesigned and taken over in 2006, with permission of Marsha McCurley's husband, by Valerie McKay. Date updated: 2007-02-14.
  • search and buy books, music, videos, DVDs, and software in Canadian dollars.
  • Conservation Fiction (Or Fiction that Acknowledges the Existence of Conservation and Conservators) compiled by Rebecca Anne Rushfield and Patricia S. Griffin. Hosted by Conservation OnLine: Resources for Conservation Professionals. Date added: 2005-03-14.
  • Day, David Howard. A Treasure Hard to Attain: Images of Archaeology in Popular Film with a Filmography. Scarecrow Press (UK); Rowman & Littlefield (US), 1997.
  • Google Directory: look in the Arts category where there are various subcategories for Literature; Movies; Television and several others. uses data from the Open Directory Directory. Date updated: 2005-03-14.
  • The Internet Movie Database: search and buy videos and books.
  • Mystery Writers of America sponsors the annual Edgar Award for the best mystery novel. Date updated: 2010-09-05.
  • neatly describes thousands of mysteries in various categories.
  • The Mystery Place is the official site for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Date updated: 2005-03-14.
  • Mystery Readers International (MRI) "is the largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world, is open to all readers, fans, critics, editors, publishers, and writers. Started by Janet A. Rudolph in Berkeley, California, it now has members in all 50 of the United States and 18 foreign countries. Members vote each year to nominate and select the winners of the Macavity Award." Date added: 2010-09-05.
  • Open Directory Project (DMOZ). Started in 1998 and owned by Netscape, one of the first publicly edited, collaborative Web sites whose contents are incorporated into several other directory sites, notably AltaVista and Google. Look under Arts where there are several relevant subcategories to get you started. Date added: 2005-03-14.
  • The Portrayal of Archaeology and Archaeologists in Motion Pictures by Julie Boakes is at an archived link as of October 2009 following Yahoo!'s closure of GeoCities, the former home of this site. Date updated: 2010-09-05.
  • Taylor, David. Digging Up Hollywood: The Portrayal of Archaeology and Archaeologists in Motion Pictures. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Department of Archaeology, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2000.
  • Thrilling Detective Web Site tracks fictional detectives in novels, stories, comics and broadcast media.
  • Yahoo! Directory: look under Arts & Humanities and Entertainment for starters. Yahoo! has built-in search and retrieval. Date updated: 2005-03-14.


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