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This guide provides a variety of resources for those interested in video game studies research, using games in an educational setting, and the Lawrence University gaming community.
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2016 URL: Print Guide

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Individual Gaming Journals

Gaming Related Web Resources

  • Arcade-History
    "A large searchable & comprehensive database which provides a WIP list of known antique & modern, rare, prototype, non-released and released arcade games from all over the world."
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library:
    ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession.
  • Cover Browser
    Images of covers from books, comics, video games, and more.
  • Entertainment Software Association  
    Research conducted by the Entertainment Software Association. (Keep in mind, this organization is funded by game companies.)
  • Flow TV
    An "online journal of television and media studies." "Flow’s mission is to provide a space where researchers, "teachers, students, and the public can read about and discuss the changing landscape of contemporary media at the speed that media moves.
  • Games+Learning+Society Conference Proceedings
    Proceedings from the 7th annual GLS conference. This conference covers gaming from educational to social. Proceedings can be downloaded for free, or a paper copy can be purchased.
  • Internet Archive Software Collection
    "The collection includes a broad range of software related materials including shareware, freeware, video news releases about software titles, speed runs of actual software game play, previews and promos for software games, high-score and skill replays of various game genres, and the art of filmmaking with real-time computer game engines."
  • Kill Screen
    "Kill Screen is a videogame arts and culture company. At its heart, we're interested in the intersection between games, play, and other seats of culture from art to music to design."
  • List of Game Based Learning / Serious Games Journals
    From the blog, Learning Games.
  • Pew Internet & American Life Project
    The Pew Internet and American Life study looks at how the internet impacts the lives of Americans. This site is a great resource for facts and statistics. The link will direct to study results related to gaming.
  • PlayOn: Exploring the Social Dimensions of Virtual Worlds
    Blog about longitudinal research in World of Warcraft conducted by researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center.
  • TED Talks
    TED provides short presentations by some of the brightest people in a wide variety of occupations and disciplines. The link directs to TED videos pertaining specifically to gaming.
  • Top Score
    "Host Emily Reese takes an in-depth listen to video game music and talks with the people who make it." From Minnesota Public Radio.
  • Well Played 3.0: Video Games, Value and Meaning
    Free downloadable e-book. This book is an anthology of articles related to the experience of game play and the values and meanings we derive from them.

Subjects of Interest

Click the links below to browse a variety of related subjects in our library catalog. After clicking the links, use the facets on the left to narrow results to books, if interested.

Library Databases

The field of video game studies is a wide-reaching and multidisciplinary field. Relevant resources can be found in a wide variety of databases.

  • Academic Search Premier
    A multi-disciplinary database which offers full text for more than 4,650 journals, including full text for more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. Access provided through BadgerLink.
  • Business Source Premier
    Coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Access provided through BadgerLink.
  • Citation Searching: Web of Science
    Formerly Web of Knowledge. Interface for searching all databases on Web of Science and more. Includes the number of times articles have been cited.
  • Film & Television Literature Index
    Indexing and full text for selected books and periodicals on film and television.
    Archival online full-text journals covering many academic subjects.
  • MLA Bibliography
    A detailed bibliography of journal articles, books, and dissertations in the areas of literature, language, linguistics, film, folklore, and more.
  • Project Muse
    Online full-text journals covering many academic disciplines.
  • PsycInfo
    An index to all PsycINFO journal, book, and chapter records from 1887 to present.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include: culture and social structure, economic development, management and complex organizations, and more.

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