MA Games

Meet your Librarian – Amy Straker

About Amy

Amy Straker is the Subject Librarian responsible for Yr 0 and taught Postgraduate courses. She studied English Literature and American Studies at undergraduate level in York, and Library and Information Studies at postgraduate level at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

How Can I Help You?

You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat!

As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop in sessions to assist you in the run up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@nualibrary) for times and dates.

E-Book Collections

Try these virtual shelves which link you to ready-made collections of e-books on specific subjects.

Useful E-Book Collections for MA Games:

Decolonising the Curriculum (ProQuest)

MA Games

Games Art and Design (O'Reilly)

MA Games

Games Art and Design (ProQuest)

MA Games

Games Development (ProQuest)

MA Games
Print Books

Games books

Games design books are shelved at Dewey Decimal number 794.8.

With the exception of short loan books, everything can be borrowed for three weeks. The collection is broken down into more specific subject areas like this:

  • Main collection
  • Theory and ludology: 794.8
  • Technical works: 794.81
  • Design – drawing, painting scenes, characters: 794.844
  • Individual games and concept art books: 794.86 (A-Z by title)
  • OTHER USEFUL AREAS TO NOTE
  • Research study skills: 370.72
  • Academic writing: 808
Useful Sources of Information

Aka reading lists

Online Resources

As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research. These can be really useful for finding information for reports and essays.

Useful Online Resources for MA Games:

E-Books
Access: On and Off-campus

VLeBooks

BA ActingBA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Fine ArtBA Games Art and DesignBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Interior DesignBA PhotographyBA Textile DesignBA VFXBSc Games DevelopmentBSc User Experience DesignMA Communication DesignMA CurationMA FashionMA Fine ArtMA GamesMA Moving Image and SoundMA Performing Arts EnterpriseMA PhotographyMA Textile Design

You can find e-books specifically bought for NUA students on VLeBooks.

TV, Video and Sound
Access: On and Off-campus

Box of Broadcasts

BA ActingBA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Interior DesignBA PhotographyBA Textile DesignBA VFXBSc Games DevelopmentBSc User Experience DesignMA Communication DesignMA CurationMA FashionMA Fine ArtMA GamesMA Moving Image and SoundMA Performing Arts EnterpriseMA PhotographyMA Textile Design

BoB is an up to date television streaming service available to all students and staff. BoB allows you to view recently aired programmes from over 65 channels and there is a searchable archive of 2 million broadcasts. You can also record programmes aired in the last 30 days which will be stored on the service permanently, meaning you can watch them again and again. Best of all, you do not need a TV license to use this service.

This service is not available outside of the UK. You will need to register with BoB when you first try and access it.

E-Books
Access: On and Off-campus

O'Reilly

BA Animation and Visual EffectsBA ArchitectureBA Design for PublishingBA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Games Art and DesignBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Interior DesignBA PhotographyBA Textile DesignBA VFXBSc Games DevelopmentBSc User Experience DesignMA Communication DesignMA FashionMA GamesMA Textile Design

Access to over 21,000 technical e-books and videos to assist with IT and programming needs. Other areas include art and design with publishers like Laurence King included and books about well being too. Aimed specifically at Higher Education users with a interface that allows for personalising and comes with an app which is free to download.

E-Journals
Access: On and Off-campus

ACM Digital Library

BA AnimationBA Games Art and DesignBA VFXBSc Games DevelopmentBSc User Experience DesignMA Communication DesignMA Games

Search here for access to all Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) publications, including journals, conference proceedings, and papers of special interest groups. The search interface is easy to use and will bring back results across all the ACM content we have access to.

Key titles available from ACM include: ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems; Proceedings of the ACM on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques; Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics.

E-Journals
Access: On and Off-campus

SAGE Journals Online

BA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA Games Art and DesignBSc Games DevelopmentMA Games

Abstracts available for all Sage journals. You can access the journals ‘Animation’ and ‘Games and Culture’ in full from this platform.

Publications

Journals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.

Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:

  • They are up to date.
  • Often the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
  • Young animators and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.

 

Below you will find a small selection of magazines and journals related to your course.
To see all of your course publications, use the link at the bottom of this list.

Selected MA Games publications:

Journal
Access: On and Off-campus
Availability: Online
Status: Current

IEEE Transactions on Games

BA Games Art and DesignBSc Games DevelopmentBSc User Experience DesignMA Games

The IEEE Transactions on Games (T-G) publishes original high-quality articles covering scientific, technical, and engineering aspects of games.

The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE PSPB Operations Manual

Journal
Access: On and Off-campus
Availability: In Print and Online
Status: Current

Games and culture: a journal of interactive media

BA Games Art and DesignMA Games

Quarterly peer reviewed international journal that publishes innovative theoretical and empirical research about games and culture within interactive media. The journal serves as a premiere outlet for ground-breaking work in the field of game studies.

Magazine
Access: On-Campus
Availability: In Print
Status: Current

Edge

BA Games Art and DesignBSc Games DevelopmentMA Games

Multi-format video game magazine

Magazine
Access: On-Campus
Availability: In Print
Status: Current

3D world

BA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA Games Art and DesignBSc Games DevelopmentMA GamesMA Moving Image and Sound

3D World is designed for all CG artists, covering animation, VFX, games and arch-viz. Every month enjoy new tutorials written by leading CG creatives.

Journal
Access: Free Online
Availability: Online
Status: Open Access

International Journal of film and media arts

BA AnimationBA Animation and Visual EffectsBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Games Art and DesignMA GamesMA Moving Image and Sound

The International Journal of Film and Media Arts is an open access, subsidized by the Film and Media Arts Department of Lusófona University, Lisboa, Portugal. IJFMA is a semiannual publication focusing on all areas of film and media arts research and critique, namely animation, television, media arts and videogames, and their varied social and cultural forms of expression and materialization.