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Streaming videos available thru the library

Multidisciplinary streaming video collections are Films on Demand and VAST: Academic Video Online (Alexander Street Press).

Specialized collections include BBC Shakespeare Plays (Ambrose Video) and Allied Health and Health videos accessible via INTELECOM Online Resource Network.

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Films on Demand

Content: full-length close-captioned streaming videos in Flash and HTML5 formats

Subjects:   Anthropology, Area Studies, Art & Architecture, Biology, Business & Economics, Communications, Computers & Technology, Criminal Justice, Earth Science, Education, English & Language Arts, Environmental Science, Geography, Health & Medicine, History, Mathematics, Music & Dance, Philosophy & Religion, Physical Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and World Languages. 

Description: Videos from Ken Burns, BBC, Frontline, History, NOVA, Modern Marvels, Bill Moyers, PBS, TED, NBC News, American Experience, ABC Nightline, Cambridge Educational, and more.

Database name for citation: Films on Demand

Video format:  Flash & HTML 5

Technical requirements:
  • Adobe Flash player 10.0 & higher
  • minimum internet connectivity: 380 kbps DSL, 500 kbps Cable Modem 
  • more details on technical requirements available

VAST: Academic Video Online (Alexander Street Press)

Content: over 15,000 clips and full-length Flash-based streaming videos

Subjects: American History, Area Studies, Art & Architecture, Black Studies, Business & Economics, Classical Music, Counseling & Therapy,  Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Current Affairs, Dance, Education, Ethnic Studies, Ethnography, Film Studies, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Health, Humanities, Opera, Psychology, Rehabilitation Therapy, Religion & Philosophy, Science, Sports Medicine and Exercise Science, Theatre, Women's & Gender Studies, World History, and World Language & Literature

Description: Award-winning films, documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and news reels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage from  BBC, PBS, CBS, Documentary Educational Resources, California Newsreel, Opus Arte, Cinema Guild,, Microtraining Associates, Filmakers Library, Zeitgeist, First Run Features, and more. 

Database name for citation: VAST: Academic Video Online

Video format: Flash

Technical requirements: 
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or higher (browser plug-in)
  • Adobe Reader for PDF files

BBC Shakespeare Plays (Ambrose Video)

Content: close-captioned videos of plays

Subjects:    Shakespeare tragedies and comedies

Description: Flash-based videos of 37 BBC Shakespeare Plays created for BBC television from 1978-1985. Plays are viewable in their entirety or by act. Includes performances by Sir John Gielgud, Ben Kingsley, Claire Bloom, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Michael York, Alan Richman, John Cleese and Derek Jacobi.

Database name for citation: Ambrose Video

Video format:  Flash

Technical requirements:

  • Flash Browser Plug-In (switch browsers if you encounter a problem)
  • Videos are streamed at three levels of quality based on your internet connection speed. The higher the internet connection, the better quality the file.

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INTELECOM Online Resources Network

Content: video-clip database 

Subjects:   Health & Allied Health 

Description: Critical health issues 

Database name for citation: INTELECOM Online Resources Network

Video format:  Adobe Flash

Technical requirements:
  • Adobe Flash browser plug-in for your browser (switch browsers if you encounter a problem)
  • High speed internet connection such as DSL or cable modem
  • Works on PC or Mac but not compatible with iPhone or iPad

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