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Game Studies

Keyword Search

Keyword search searches for your terms anywhere in the library record (book title, chapter title, table of contents, notes (if applicable), etc. This search is rather broad and may return some irrelevant results.

General Search Terms

  • video games
  • videogames (one word)
  • electronic games
  • computer games
  • gaming
  • Internet games
  • online games

Game Studies Specific Terms

  • video games AND history
  • video games AND psychology
  • computer games AND psychology
  • computer games AND history
  • computer games AND psychological aspects
  • video games AND social aspects
  • computer games AND social aspects
  • video games AND children

Keyword search tip

To increase the relevance of your results you may specify that your terms should be found in the title or subject. Type your term(s) in the box and select the field form the drop-down menu.

Keyword search screen with field selection options

Books related to gaming studies may be located in various UC Libraries. Please note the location as well as the call number. To locate the books please check the Symbols & Locations: Library Location Codes (PDF) and  Langsam Library Call Number Locator.

Location and call number on the book record screen

E-books usually have "electronic resource" inserted into the title. When you access e-books off campus, for best experience please use the VPN client. Login to VPN or learn about it.

Subject Search

Items in the catalog have subject headings. Subject headings are like hashtags - they describe the content of the item and help point you to resources on a specific topic. The links below point you to subject search results on selected topics relevant to game studies.

Tips for finding subject headings

  • Start with a keyword search, using words/phrases that describe your topic.
  • Browse the results; choose 2 or 3 that are relevant.
  • Look at the Subject or Descriptor field and note the terms used (write them down).
  • Redo your search using those terms.
  • Your results will be more precise than your initial keyword search.
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