Streaming Videos for Your Courses

Aug 24, 2021

Are you an instructor looking to update your course content? Would you like to incorporate new videos or make sure videos you’ve used in the past are still available? The Library is here to help!

We encourage you to explore the many videos available to our campus as part of our permanent collection or annual subscription packages. These videos are immediately available at no cost to you or your students.

The Library also manages requests for title-by-title streaming video selections from a variety of vendors, if our video collections do not suit your needs. Title-by-title subscriptions cost the library an average of $150+ per title for one year of access, so we recommend only exploring this option as a last resort.

As the campus adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden shift to online and hybrid learning, the Library invested one-time funding on emergency access to an incredible amount of streaming video content for the 2020/21 academic year. Although we cannot sustain subscription access to everything we added last year, we still have an extensive set of content that we hope will serve you well.

Not sure where to begin searching?

Browse Perpetual Access Collections

BroadwayHD Collection

New in 2020. Watch and learn from writers, directors, and actors recognized by the Tony Awards® and the Pulitzer Prize®. Ideal for theatre, drama, music, and even literature studies.

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Classic

New in 2021. Foundational videos from 1985-2010 cover recent history of practices. The collection features world renowned therapists such as Albert Ellis, Violet Oaklander, Derald Wing Sue, and John Norcross demonstrating their methods and techniques. Students and faculty will also find documentaries on the human condition, which help with training in skills such as reflection and empathy.

Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement

New in 2021. Primary sources, supporting materials, archives, and videos covering areas where the contributions of the disability community are typically overlooked.

Ethnographic Video Online, Vol. IV: Festivals and Archives

New in 2021. Films from contemporary ethnographic film festivals, the Berkeley Media anthropology catalog, University of Manchester’s Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, and the classic ethnographic works of David and Judith MacDougall.

Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda

This collection of films from the communist world reveals war, history, current affairs, culture and society as seen through the socialist lens. It spans most of the twentieth century and covers countries such as the USSR, Vietnam, China, Korea, much of Eastern Europe, the GDR, Britain and Cuba.

Subscription Collections

Academic Video Online (AVON)

Trialing until 7/31/2022. Curated for the educational experience, this collection delivers almost 70,000 titles in a breadth of content-types (such as documentaries, films, newsreels, theatrical performances, demonstrations, etc.) spanning a wide range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.

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Access to transcripts and nearly 500 hours of video from the news program 60 MINUTES from 1997-2014. Each news segment serves as a standalone short documentary on a specific news topic. Segments are also included from the program Sunday Morning, whose timely news pieces, cultural features, and newsmaker profiles form an ideal complement to 60 MINUTES content.

Naxos Video Library

Watch streaming videos from an extensive library of more than 3,000 classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Search videos by category, role, composer, artist, production personnel, work, venue or festival

Visual History Archive (USC Shoah Foundation)

Streaming video collection of more than 55,000 primary source testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, including the Armenian Genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, the Central African Republic Conflict, contemporary antisemitism, the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the Guatemalan Genocide, and the Nanjing Massacre.

Open Access and Freely Available Collections

American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) provides access to thousands of hours of programming — as much material as legally possible to include. More than 7,000 historic public radio and television programs are now available for streaming.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that aggregates over thirteen million photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.

TED Talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Title-by-Title Subscriptions and Purchases

Contact your subject librarian for more information about title-by-title subscription addition and renewal requests.

Alternative Options

Not all videos are available streaming for institutional licensing and budget constraints mean we are not able to accommodate all requests. If licensing through the library is not an option, you may be able to find a low cost pay-per-view option to suggest to your students using JustWatch.