Animation & Visual Effects - Searching beyond the basics

This section lists resources for specific purposes.

Journal databases

Find journal and magazine articles. These include up-to-date publications. To see if the library has a specific electronic journal or to browse by subject, take the Ejournals tab on the library homepage. Print journals can be searched from the Catalogue tab.

Full-text articles and conference papers published by the Association for Computing Machinery.  Useful for topics such as computer games, artificial intelligence, entertainment technology.

Use this resource to search for journal articles, e-books and images.  All visual arts subjects are included.  Links to the full text are provided, where available.

• Engineering Village not in Discovery 

Engineering Village consists of three bibliographic databases, GEOBASE, GeoRef and Compendex. GEOBASE is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information and abstracts that indexes journal literature across the earth sciences including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography and geomechanics from 1980-present. GeoRef covers geological literature from North America (1785-present), plus geological literature from the rest of the world (1933-present).

Compendex is the most comprehensive bibliographic database of scientific and technical engineering and computing research available. This may be of use to GIS students.

A Library Guide to this resource is available.

Compendex is useful for technical information.

Helps you to find out what articles have been published in journals related to these subjects. Often you can link to the full text of the article too.

Full text of technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics

ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. More than 2,500 journals and more than nine million full-text articles are available in ScienceDirect providing access to the physical sciences and engineering life sciences. This resource is also available through the Discovery service. A Library Guide is available.

Journal archives

Find (mostly) non-current, full-text, journal and magazine articles.

• JSTOR 

An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects. You will need to search other databases to find the most recent years.

Specialist sources

Directory of contact information for the film, television and video industry in the UK and Ireland.

• GDC Vault 

GDC Vault hosts a variety of audio, video, and PowerPoint presentations of Game Developers Conferences. Topics include game design, programming, audio, visual arts, business management, production and online games

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Access the full text of books about quantitative and qualitative research methods and many more social science research topics.

Current newspapers

For newspaper archives visit the Visual Culture subject page.

• Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980's.

• UKPressonline not in Discovery 

Access facsimile articles (including photos) from the Daily Express and Daily Mirror from the early 1900s onwards. Useful if you want the tabloid view on topical issues.

Statistics and data

Access to more than a million statistics from many different sources. Useful for finding industrial, economic and consumer market statistical trends. Statista take their information from many different providers across the world. Do look at the real source of the material they offer you.

Themed archive collections

Find primary sources including documents and images.

Explore 20 collections of documents, including minutes of meetings and conferences, press releases, fliers, brochures, press clippings, US government memoranda and reports, private correspondence, surveys and photos.

Black Thought and Culture contains over 1000 sources and authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material.

Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement encompasses an international set of resources to enrich study in a wide range of disciplines from media studies to philosophy.

Explore documents, fanzines, photos and newsreel footage to help understand these key decades when consumer culture and pop music took off and protest movements were big news.

Audio and video collections

Find more sources from the Visual Culture subject page.

High quality production music for TV, film, advertising and corporate video. Pre-cleared for worldwide and multi-platform use.  Students should contact their course leaders in order to set up an account.

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

You can access the basic subscription which includes 400+ high resolution sequences of athletes, artists, and dancers taken from one, two or three camera angles. Perfect reference for gesture drawing, anatomy study, and animation.

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A database of images and clips to assist in the production of 3D characters for cinematic sequences and next generation game characters.  Also known as 3DSK.

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• Kanopy 

A unique collections of films including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases on every topic imaginable. Content can be searched or browsed.

Provides access to thousands of animal and human motion clips.

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