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Games Design

This is UCLan's Games Design library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarians: Julie Hitchen and Francesca Robinson


Search for books and ebooks on Library Search. It will tell you what we have in stock and where to find it.
Sometimes there may only be a chapter on a specific topic rather than a whole book. To find those, you will need to use one of our ebook databases which allow you to search through the whole text of a book. We have several ebook collections but a good place to start would be Ebook Central.

Journals and Articles

Journal Finder provides details of our print journals and e-journals collections. Library Search will find specific articles from journals so is a good place to start, as it searches across thousands of different journals and will uncover articles in places you may not think to look.


If you need to locate journal articles on a particular topic you will need to use our journal databases. These index a collection of titles and enable  you to search for relevant articles. The library subscribes to a large collection of databases and you can look on the E-Databases A-Z list to see the full range. These include a range of multi-subject databases which are relevant to this area of study.
Other useful databases

Top Tip! Don't forget - should you find that we haven't got the full-text of an article that you would like to access (in print or electronic format) you can make a request through the Inter-Library Loan/Document Supply service.

Searching for journal articles (Abstracting and indexing databases)

Should you want to undertake a more thorough search for research materials/literature try searching the following abstract and indexing databases. These contain a large number of references from a significant number of subject areas.

Additional Resources

Practical Support for Game Design and Game Art

  • provides over 6000 bite-sized video tutorials covering the latest software, creative, and business skills.  Includes ZBrush, Maya and interviews with industry professionals.


  • Nexis contains both full text and abstract records of news and business intelligence drawn from over 29,000 sources including local, regional and national newspapers, newsletters, magazines and trade journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts, company news databases, government and legal documents. Titles covered include The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, The Independent, The News of the World from 1988 until its closure in 2011, The Daily Mail, The Washington Post and New York Times. Extensive coverage of local papers is also included.

Nexis gives the text of articles only - it does not include photographs or formatting.

Television, Radio and Video Resources

  • Alexander Street Video
    Videos, films, documentaries and training materials in games and design related areas
  • Box of Broadcasts
    This resource enables students to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive.  Date coverage begins in 2009.

Business Resources

The Library subscribes to a range of other electronic resources, which are relevant if you wish to research the current market in Game Design.

Market Research

  • IBIS World - UK and Global industry reports and risk ratings.
  • Mintel - the leading market research database
  • Passport GMID - global market information database and analysis tool containing comprehensive data and reports across all industries, countries and consumers.

Company research

Visual resources

    Julie Hitchen

    Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
    01772 892267

    Francesca Robinson

    Assistant Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
    01772 895132