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IUB Online Streaming Databases, and Other Internet Resources

Indiana University Bloomington Libraries

Notes: For IUB subscription-based databases, you must log in with a valid IU Username and Passphrase. To create playlists within certain databases, you must create a separate password not affiliated with IU.

To access subscription-based resources from off-campus, be sure to set up a VPN (virtual private network) connection. More information is available via IU Knowledge Base.


Annals of American History/Encyclopedia Britannica

The Encyclopedia Britannica Video & Media database has a small, but growing collection of multimedia resources. Select a Timeline, as well as Select > Show Only: Multimedia.


Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination

This well-renowned series demonstrates expert medical examination techniques.


Black Film Center/Archive

The Black Film Center/Archive has early archival footage of African American stereotypes at the turn of the century. Select "Early Black Images, 1890s-1900s" from the left-hand column. More archival footage is available at the Library of Congress American Memory Collection.


Black Studies in Video

Black Studies in Video, the latest addition to Alexander Street's award-winning portfolio of black studies resources, is a seminal video collection of archival footage, powerful interviews with leading figures in the civil rights movement, and documentaries examining the black experience in the arts, politics, public and private life, and much more. In partnership with California Newsreel, the oldest nonprofit social issue documentary film center in the United States, this collection is the exclusive streaming source for the SNCC Legacy Video Collection.

Classical Music Library

Classical Music Library is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. This ever growing collection includes recordings from the world's greatest labels including Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox and many more. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera. Contains over 30,000 classical music recordings.


Dance in Video

Dance as an art form is ephemeral—there are rarely scripts to study, no commonly used notation to analyze—making a live performance vital for study and research. Dance in Video provides the visual element necessary for appreciation and analysis, capturing dance performances from the stage and bringing them directly to your computer screen. Dance in Video will contain five hundred hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.


Ethnographic Video Online

Ethnographic Video Online, Volume I provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior—with more than 750 hours and 1,000 films at completion. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more. Ethnographic Video Online, Volume II is coming soon in late Summer 2013.


EVIA Digital Archive

The EVIA Digital Archive Project is a joint effort of Indiana University and the University of Michigan to establish a digital archive of ethnographic video for use by scholars and instructors. The Archive is designed to be a long-term preservation repository for unedited ethnographic video recordings as well as a unique kind of peer-reviewed scholarly publication. In each collection, scholars have worked extensively with their own recordings to describe and analyze what they have documented. The growth of the content is ongoing, with collections in various stages of completion. To learn more about collections that are part of the EVIA Digital Archive Project, visit the Collections area. Contact staff to set up an account for access to the materials.


Filmakers Library Online

For more than 40 years, Filmakers Library Online provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide. Now more than 1,000 of these titles are available online in a single, easy-to search, multidisciplinary collection of streaming video designed specifically to meet the needs of researchers and teaching faculty.


Films On Demand Media: Health & Medicine Collection

Contains over 2,200 documentaries related to diseases, disorders, disabilities, health care treatment, careers, anatomy & physiology, nutrition, health & wellness, and public health.


Indiana University Libraries Digital Collections

The Indiana University Libraries offer various services for digital library development to Indiana University librarians, faculty, and staff and to external organizations and institutions partnering with Indiana University on digital library projects to include, audio, images, multimedia, and text.


Media Education Foundation:  Media Studies & Communications Collection

Media Education Foundation provides access to quality films used in Gender Studies, Film Studies, Journalism, and Marketing.  Includes over 70 documentary films, and highly requested titles, such as: "Killing Us Softly," "Dreamworlds" "Joystick Warriors: Video Games, Violence & the Culture of Militarism," "Game Over: Gender, Race & Violence in Video Games,"  and "Tough Guise: Violence. Media and the Crisis in Masculinity."


Meet the Press

Meet the Press opens up a wealth of information to libraries by making over 1,500 hours of footage—the full surviving broadcast run to date—available online in one cross-searchable interface. Since its television premiere in 1947, Meet the Press has cemented its position as an institution in broadcast journalism. For the first time ever, network television’s longest running program—with its thousands of interviews, panels, and debates—is available via streaming online video. Now, students and scholars have unprecedented access to this treasure trove of material, including many episodes not seen since their original broadcast.


New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present

New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990–Present, an online streaming video collection, delivers approximately 200 full-length feature films from leading independent distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and the Global Films Initiative, along with approximately fifty award-winning shorts.


Opera in Video

Opera in Video contains over 250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries, and then delivered online through streaming video. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.


Silent Film Online

Silent Film Online launched with 250 streaming online titles and will more than double in size by completion. Together, these films represent the foundation of modern cinematic technique and film theory. Carefully curated by Alexander Street’s editors and Video Advisory Board, the collection covers silent feature films, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s.


Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms.


Television News Archive

Available are news transcripts from the 1960s to the present, and online video for CNN news broadcasts from 1999 to the present as indicated by the camera logo.


Theatre in Video

Theatre in Video contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all.


World History in Video

This online collection of streaming video gives faculty, students, and history lovers access to more than 1,750 important, critically acclaimed documentaries from filmmakers worldwide. A rich survey of human history from the earliest civilizations to the fall of the Berlin Wall, World History in Video is truly global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. Its unparalleled geographical and chronological coverage delivers the sights, sounds, artifacts, and histories from around the world straight to your desktop.


Select list of IUB Campus-wide Streaming titles: Contains individual documentary titles not listed in other databases. IUB CAS Authorization required.

Internet Resources

AOL Video
This search engine has recently been redesigned and has some nice extras like the ability to save searches and category based limits. The results screen is nicely laid out and shows the length of the video and the file format.
This is a very interesting project that claims to search TV content not just by keyword, but also by analysis of the video content looking for conceptual matches. The content searched is relatively small compared to major search engines like Google, but it seems to have a good selection of news content.


C-Span Search
C-SPAN content is easy to search from their video search site. There is a simple one-box search and an advanced search screen that allows for limiting by date, as well as by category, topic, and series.


Digital Librarian: Audio, Video, Multimedia

This free resource provides an index to hundreds of free audio, sheet music, video and multimedia websites.


Excite UK - Video
This search engine is owned by the European branch of the Excite Network, giving it an international flavor. It searches a small number of video files compared to the bigger sites, but you may find clips here that are not indexed on the others.

This site serves as an index to multiple WAV sound files for commercials, cinema, TV, and sound effects. Includes a link to the very popular and in high-demand site, A1 Free Sound Effects, a fun resource with over 700 free WAV sound effects that include everything from breaking glass to creaking doors to sirens.


Google Education


Google Video

Google Video enables users to search a growing archive of televised content – everything from sports to dinosaur documentaries to news shows. The site is currently in its testing phase, so only a limited number of channels have been indexed since December 2004.


Hulu is a free online video service that offers hit TV shows including Family Guy, 30 Rock, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, etc.


Independent Media Center

Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tales of truth. The site can be translated into eight languages and includes both video and audio clips, as well as journalistic articles.


Internet Movie Archive

The purpose of the IMA is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996, the site includes texts, audio, moving images, software, as well as archived web pages. One of the main highlight of the IMA is access to the Prelinger Film archive, currently acquired by the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound division.


Public Domain Films (Library of Congress)


American Memory Viewer (Library of Congress)
The American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. The collection contains over 10 million items, and the archival footage dates back to the late 1800s.


MSN Video Search
MSN video search offers content from MSNBC, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, and Meet the Press. The interface is a bit clunky, but worth a try to find news content.


NEH Radio Project

This resource uses scholarship, interviews, archival recordings, music and narration to explore a range of humanities topics. It provides access to audio files and transcript supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Online News Hour
This site is for PBS fans. Here you can search the News Hour shows back to 2000. This site is easy to use and full of great content.


Radio Days

This is a unique web resource for users interested in capturing early sound bites from radio shows in the 1940s through the 1960s. It is dubbed as a source “for the history of nostalgic and old time radio series and news!”


Yahoo Video Search
The Yahoo video search screen is very “Google like,” clean and simple. The advanced search option provides plenty of limits. It is the only video search engine of the bunch listed here that provides a limit by domain (.com, .edu, .org, .gov, etc.). When you click on a site from the results screen, a split screen is displayed, similar to Google’s image search, allowing you to go directly to the video or the webpage that the video was found on.



Founded in February 2005, YouTube is the world's most popular online video community, allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.


YouTube Education

Practical and Legal Considerations

Once you find a link to a video clip, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, not all files can be copied to your PC. Some files can only be viewed using video steaming. The advantage here is that the video is downloaded in small fragments allowing users with slower Internet connections to view media files, which can be quite large. However, streaming files often prohibit the content from being copied locally. Common streaming files format are Windows Media and Real Media.

Still, many files can be downloaded to your PC. Many of the search engines will indicate on the results screen which files can be fully downloaded or just viewed. But, there is another concern here: copyright.

Just because you can download a video does not always mean you have the right to use the clip in its entirety or in any way you want. It is best to check with the copyright owner if possible before using a video clip. For educators, researchers, and students, copyright law does provide some flexibility when it comes to using media for scholarly purposes.


Guidelines that can help you decide if you can use a clip for a particular purpose are available online. Here are some useful sites to consult:

Select Internet resources compiled and edited by Bob Scheier and Emily Alling, Babson Library, Springfield College, Springfield, MA, Monique Threatt, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

last updated: 1/2/2014