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Gaming Collections: Gaming Research Guide

Guide to Reserching Video Games

Video Games

Overview
Background
Statistical Information
Finding Articles
Finding Books
Internet Sites



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Topic Overview

The twenty-first century has shown a continued increase in scholarship about electronic games. Social scientists tend to explore the effects games have on individuals and groups, while humanities scholars analyze the meanings of particular games and their cultural context. In this new and evolving field, scholars are also beginning to look at games as a unique medium of communication as well as a possible means of education.

Terminology commonly associated with this topic includes:

Video games
Electronic games
Computer games
Video games & children
Computer games
Internet games
Video games & children

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Background Sources

There are numerous sources appropriate for your research in the East and West Tower Reference Collection. Those listed below provide excellent starting points for your research. If you need help identifying other sources, Ask a Librarian.

Suggested reference sources:
  • Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (Communications Library) Q. 302.2308303 En194. Contains interdisciplinary discussions of video games, television, and the Internet and their effects on young people.
  • Issues and Controversies on File.973.05 IS. Provides a rich assortment of introductory articles on social issues like gaming.
  • CQ Researcher Online access. Provides original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news (print copy in Undergraduate periodicals).

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Statistical Information

Statistical information can be found in many sources, both print and online. Given the necessary time for a book to come to press the most recent information is likely to be found online. Note, as well, statistical sources cited in background and reference sources you consult. See if you can locate more recent versions of these.

Online statistical resources:
  • Statistical Universe (Lexis-Nexis) - Provides government statistics, business, trade, and research information, and private and international statistical information. U.S. government statistics go back to 1973 and private and state sources go back to 1980.

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Finding Articles

Articles are a valuable resource in any research paper or project. Articles (as opposed to books) generally possess the following characteristics:

Shorter length
Currency of information
Focus on a specific aspect of a topic

Suggested keywords for this topic:

Video games

Electronic games

Computer games

Gaming

Internet games

Check the subject headings/descriptors for individual articles in your searches and repeat your search using these terms. Please note, subject headings are not consistent across databases

Recommended Article Databases:

General Interest Databases (cover a variety of subjects/topics)
Discipline Specific Databases (focus on a specific discipline or collection of related disciplines)
  • Lexis Nexis Academic - Identifies articles from newspapers, journals, and reference books.
  • ComAbstracts - Identifies articles in communications including broadcasting, journalism, mass media, and public relations.
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete - Identifies publications in communications including international literature in film studies, the role of technology in human communications, crisis communication and public opinions.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Identifies full text articles from newspapers, magazines and journals from the alternative and independent press.

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Finding Books

Books are another valuable resource in any research paper or project. Books (as opposed to articles) generally possess the following characteristics:

Longer in length
Good sources of background and historical information
Often contain footnotes and lengthy bibliographies

Suggested subject headings for this topic:

Video games
Video games and children
Video games--history
Video games--psychological aspects
Video games--social aspects
Video games--United States
Electronic games
Computer games
Internet games

Book Catalogs:

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Recommended Internet Sites

The following Internet sites have been reviewed and recommended by the Undergraduate Library as credible academic resources for this topic.

 



last updated: 10/4/2007