Computer Games - Searching beyond the basics

This section lists resources for specific purposes.

Journal databases

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.

• 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.

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

Collections of articles from a variety of humanities and social sciences. We have bought the collection which includes Literature and Film. Not only an excellent resource for Literature students, it is useful for subjects as far ranging as Computer Games, Theatre and Music Technology.

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.

Specialist sources

• 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 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

The Complete Business Reference Adviser: everything you need to set up a business in the UK! Includes basic industry “business opportunity profiles” which detail key market issues and trends as well as sector guides. 
Search for an industry to begin.
You must use the the Work Anywhere/VPN system for off campus access.

• IBISWorld 

Provides a comprehensive collection of Industry reports on very specific sectors in the UK, US and China.

Detailed market research reports on a range of UK sectors including: automotive; beauty and personal care; drink, food and foodservice; health and wellbeing; leisure; media; technology; and travel.  
Also includes access to Mintel Trends which provides evidence-backed insights on how today's consumer thinks, feels and acts.

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.

Audio and video collections

Find more sources visit 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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