Animation & Visual Effects - Searching beyond the basics
This section lists resources for specific purposes.
Find journal and magazine articles. These include up-to-date publications.
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.
Find (mostly) non-current, full-text, journal and magazine articles.
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.
Directory of contact information for the film, television and video industry in the UK and Ireland.
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
Access the full text of books about quantitative and qualitative research methods and many more social science research topics.
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 1980s.
• 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.
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.
• Human Photo References for 3D Artists and Game Developers. not in Discovery
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.
A unique collections of films including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases on every topic imaginable. Content can be searched or browsed.