Welcome to the Computer Arts and Games subject page. This guides highlights the key resources for your subject area, and services and facilities available from the Library.
All required reading for your modules should be available from your online reading lists. In addition to prescribed reading, when doing your own research ‘beyond your reading list’, LibrarySearch is a quick and easy way to simultaneously search for academic content across a number of different sources. If you get stuck, contact your Academic Librarian.
Pluralsight (formerly Digital Tutors) is a CG, VFX, 3D animation, game dev, VFX and digital arts training resource. Thousands of video how-to tutorials with step-by-step instructions from experts in the creative professions.
Individual videos are combined into courses for you to follow, use paths of combined courses and tools to teach you any given skill from start to finish or you can choose to create your own channel for your learning. Lots of features such as assessments and labs are available to help you track your training.
Access and Authentication:
Email invites or group codes are not required for this resource as we have single sign-on (SSO) in place.
Access using your Abertay login credentials. Please note that access to this resource is restricted for the following groups only:
Sound and Music for Games, Game Design and Production Management + Game Design and Production (Years 1,2,3,4), Computer Arts (Years 1,2,3,4), MProf Games Development, Computer Games Technology (Years 3 + 4 + MSc), Computer Games Applications Development (Years 3 + 4) and SDI staff.
Due to the restricted license cap on this resource, please be aware that inactive accounts will be periodically removed.
Pluralsight is also available as a mobile app on iOS and Android devices. In order to ensure seamless access to the Abertay subscription login using the SSO option:
- Open the Pluralsight app.
- Click the Use Single Sign-On (SSO) button.
- Enter your company URL - abertay.ac.uk
- Click Continue
- Login using your network credentials to the Abertay SSO screen.
- You are now successfully logged into Pluralsight.
If you can't access Pluralsight using your Abertay credentials and belong to one of the above groups, please email email@example.com
The key resources for your subject area are:
- ACM Digital Library
Computing and engineering conference papers and journal articles.
- Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research
Game Studies is an open access, crossdisciplinary journal dedicated to games and gaming research and the aesthetic, cultural and communicative aspects of computer games. Additional open access journals can be found using the Open Access Journals section at the bottom of the page.
- IEEE Xplore
Access to more than 4 million full-text documents from some of the world’s most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics. It contains more than 30% of the world’s technical literature.
- Springer Link ebooks
Over 23,000 e-books on computer science.
- Statista A comprehensive statistics platform with access to over 1.5 million data sets and revenue forecasts from 2015 to 2020 on over 400 industries. Includes access to the Global Consumer Survey database. Includes data on the video game and gaming industry with statistics on the output and consumption of games. For more information and a search tutorial, check this guide.
- Wiley Online Library
Access to nearly 1,500 peer-review journals including Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds and Computer Graphics Forum.
- Taylor & Francis Online
Access to over 1100 social sciences and humanities journals including Journal of Game Tools and Digital Creativity.
Key websites for your subject area include:
- About.com guide to Animation. A range of articles on animation and related techniques.
- Copyright User. An online resource aimed at informing everyone who uses copyright including musicians, filmmakers, performers, writers, visual artists and interactive developers, about how to protect their work, how to license and exploit it, and how to legally re-use the work of others.
- Creative Commons Search. Useful for finding videos, images and media you can share, use and remix. Always check licence conditions.
- Digital Art Museum. Aims to become the world's leading online resources for the history of digital art.
- EU Screen. Offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. Explore selected content from early 1900s until today.
- Europeana Artworks, artefacts, videos and sounds from across Europe
- Free SFX. Over 1,200 individual sound effect files available to download and re-use. You need to sign up for a free account in order to download the files. Some are available under and End User Licence Agreement, some under a Creative Commons Licence.
- Gamasutra. Information resources on computer games. Articles, jobs, products, companies, online theses etc.
- GameDevNet. Articles, tutorials and online resources for games technology, game development and programming,
- Game FAQs. Produced by CNET Networks Entertainment, this site includes gaming FAQs, code, game cheats and discussion boards.
- Getty Images. The John Paul Getty Museum has made 100s of images of their collection freely available to download and re-use.
- Jamendo. Copyright free music which you can download and use in projects.
- Learn with Unity video and article based content and tutorials
- Moving Image Archive. Thousands of digital films ranging from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download. More information available about licences, downloading and re-use here.
- MCV/Develop magazine. one of the premier trade magazines in the games industry. Archive issues available online.
- TIGA. National Trade Association representing games developers in the UK and Europe.
- Unreal Engine Training tutorials, samples, training videos and other learning resources to help understand the various ways you can use Unreal Engine
- VADS. A collection of visual arts digital resources, free of charge to UK HE and FE sectors. To search the resources you will need to register online. Materials can be used for personal educational and research purposes only. Please check the Copyright Disclaimer Notice.
Freely available peer-reviewed journals include:
- Animation Studies is the Society for Animation Studies’ peer-reviewed online journal. One cumulative volume per year is published although articles are added irregularly throughout the year.
- The Computer Games Journal is a Scottish publication on computer games development, includes records of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Video Games Technology.
- Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture is an international, multi-disciplinary open access journal. Peer-reviewed articles that deal with digital games are published bi-annually.
- Hindawi International Journal of Computer Games Technology is a peer-reviewed, open access journal for research and development aspects of games technology covering a range of entertainment computing and interactive digital media.
- Journal for Artistic Research is an international, open access and peer-reviewed journal for the identification, publication and dissemination of artistic research and its methodologies, from all arts disciplines.
- Journal of Games Criticism is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal which is multidisciplinary in nature and focuses on video games criticism.
- Loading … Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association is an interdisciplinary Canadian journal publishing research in the field of digital games studies.
- Transactions of the Digital Games Research Association is a quarterly, multidisciplinary open access journal for research on and practice in all aspects of games.
Remember, when deciding which resources to use for your research, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I using the right type of resource? ie too many books could make your research quite general - have you used any journal articles? are you using too many websites?
- Are your resources current? Depending on your subject area, you made need to use only the most up-to-date of literature.
- Is what you're using reliable? ie if it was found on the internet: is it a reliable source? when was the website last updated?
Your Librarian is Sinéad McGhee. Sinéad can help you find the resources you need for your research, and advise you on how best to reference them.
Tel: 01382 308867
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