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Find the commercial platform where a film is streaming.
Video help for searching for streaming media in the Trible Library.
How to Request a Video
We are always taking suggestions for content. Purchasing a DVD or Blu-ray is usually more cost effective and permanent than other sources. Please use our "Suggest a Purchase" form for items.
The library pays the "Higher Education /Institution" price (often a separate price, especially for documentary/educational videos).
At this time, we do not purchase individual titles available for streaming that is not part of our current streaming database lineup.
There are often different prices on DVDs and online streaming options (1-year, 3-year, permanent "life of file" ownership").
Educational/documentary videos are usually much more expensive than commercial/popular videos:
DVDs often cost between $25 to $400.
Online streaming rights for 1-year often cost $150 or more (per year).
Streaming Video Databases
As a service for our physical collection of DVDs, the library’s media center may be able to export DVD clips for you to use in the classroom. If you have your own DVD, we can possibly make clips (up to 3) from that as well. Contact us to see if we can help with creating clips for classroom use. We do not have the ability to set up streaming of films that are not in our databases and Blackboard/Scholar is unable to stream video. The best and most efficient way to share video content is to link back to it from the databases. It helps usage statistics and the databases are built for streaming, just as if you were using YouTube. Blu-ray titles cannot have clips taken from them due to physical copyright protections.
Databases we own that provide streaming content below:
Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers ~ 68,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.
More than 14,000 titles are exclusive to Alexander Street, all with a predictable annual cost.
Academic Video Online includes a variety of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, demonstrations, and raw footage. Patrons will find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners. Academic institutions will find the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, plus newly released films and previously unavailable archival material.
Allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.
A scholarly business database providing full-text and bibliographic access to materials: journals, financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more.
Music Online: Classical Performance in Video is the largest and most comprehensive video resource for the study of classical music. Users experience classical music through 1,600 performances, including 200 full operas and 75 dance titles, as well as masterclasses, documentaries, scores, and interviews. Video as a learning tool provides a rich experience for music students. All patrons use the multimedia tools in this collection to research, analyze, learn, and enjoy the classical music genre.
Tip: Check the box Show only licensed films to eliminate any films to which CNU does not have access.
An interdisciplinary collection of documentary and social issues films and videos. It includes exclusive educational streaming access to content from Bullfrog Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, MediaStorm, the National Film Board of Canada, Scorpion TV Sincerely Films, Terra Nova Films and KimStim.
Always on the cutting edge, Films On Demand‘s platform provides users with the content, tools, speed, and performance that today’s online experience demands. With films from top producers including A&E, PBS, BBC Learning, National Geographic, ABC News, NBC News, CNBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, HBO Documentary Films, PBS NewsHour, Open University, Bill Moyers, California Newsreel, Annenberg Learner, TED, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and more.
A rare view of what rush hour in London looked like in 1897. The dramatic and suspenseful newsreel announcing the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin. President Ronald Reagan’s challenging speech at the Brandenburg Gate. Throughout modern history, cameras have recorded public events, wars, cultural phenomena, and government programs. This collection is a treasure trove of archival and historical films from multiple sources.
Copyright Friendly Video
Here is a list of some of the freely available streaming content found online. These are not part of the database content provided by CNU.
Includes almost every program that has aired on C-SPAN, including more than 170,000 hours of content, going back to 1987, including author interviews, political rallies, interviews with news makers and journalists.
Japanese Animation Movie Classics With works that go back as far as 1917, this is a deep dive into the world of Japanese animation curated by the Nobuo Ofuji Memorial Museum. There’s traditional cell animation, but also a surprising amount of cut-out animation.
The National Film Board of Canada’s online Screening Room, offering documentaries, animated film and more from around the world. They also have channels for topics like history, biography and the arts.
Open Video Project
A repository of open access digitized videos for education and learning purposes.
Search the TED Talks library of videos filmed at TED conferences, TEDx events, and other events. Try narrowing your search to TED-Ed and view animated video lessons targeted to educators to use for customizing lessons.
A collection of travelogues and educational and industrial films that show the world the way it was between 1900 and 1970. Its holdings include archives of the renowned travel filmmakers Burton Holmes, Andre de la Varre, and James A. FitzPatrick.