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Film and Media Collections

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Internet Sites for Streaming Video

A number of openly accessible Internet sites provide access to streaming videos. These sites may host content or merely point to content hosted elsewhere. Advertising supports some of these sites. Others are the official site for a producer, distributor, series, or festival. Searching functions on these sites vary widely, and content can change or be removed without notice. For additional information click on the site name, below.

 
   

Disclaimer:  Hofstra University Library is not responsible for any of the content linked from these sites.  We cannot guarantee availability of the content they provide, nor assume responsibility for the functionality of these sites.

American Experience

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Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over 250 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.

American Indian Film Gallery

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The AIFG presently contains over 450 non-fiction films that document Native lifeways from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, with a large concentration on peoples of the Southwest. The films range from a 1922 silent newsreel to recent footage of pow-wows and political meetings in 2011.  The majority of the films date to the golden age of U.S. educational and sponsored filmmaking, after World War II up to the advent of portable video. Interestingly, the video age marks a shift in the collection from films about Native peoples to films by Native peoples. This historical span, then, allows for study of Native representation from outside and inside indigenous communities across the Americas over nearly a century.  As such, it is an incomparable teaching and research tool for examining historical attitudes, representations, and understandings of indigenous populations across the Americas.

American Memory

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Several hundred early motion pictures are viewable in the American Memory collections from the Library of Congress.

American Rhetoric

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Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.

Not all speeches have accompanying videos. Site supported by advertising, and maintained by a speech communication professor.

Annenberg Media

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Part of the Annenberg Foundation, Annenberg Learner funds and distributes more than 100 multimedia courses and workshops to help teachers keep current on the content they teach. Professional development resources provide teachers with research on the most effective teaching strategies along with their connection to national education content standards, and examples of these principles applied in real classrooms. The video components are paired with extensive Web sites that include online texts, course and workshop guides, and extensive background information to enhance the learning experience. Using these resources, teachers can learn from experts, other teachers, and even students who reveal their unique interpretations of the content.

Not all series listed on the site are available for streaming.  This graphic marks programs available for online viewing .  Many of the videos include closed captioning. 

Archive of American Television

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Archive of American Television has conducted over 800 oral history interviews (over 4000 hours) with the legends of television. These interviews chronicle the birth and growth of American TV History as it evolves, and make the interviews available worldwide. The Archive  continues to produce new interviews every year. The collection covers a variety of professions, genres, and topics in electronic media history.

ARKive

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ARKive is sponsored by the wildlife charity Wildscreen. Their mission is to use the power of wildlife imagery to inspire the global community to discover, value and protect the natural world. Working with the world’s very best wildlife and environmental filmmakers and photographers, Wildscreen collects, curates, showcases and shares the world’s best wildlife imagery through a series of inter-related initiatives, each uniquely helping to deliver the charity’s mission.

C-SPAN Video Library

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The C-SPAN Video Library began in 1987 as a way to archive and index the thousands of hours of congressional coverage produced by the network every year. The project quickly became one of the most comprehensive video archives of governmental and political content.

In 2010, C-SPAN won its third Peabody Award for the Video Library—now a collection totaling over 213,000 hours of programming first made available to the public for free in 2007. In addition, The Video Library records all three C-SPAN networks seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Programs are extensively indexed, making the database of C-SPAN programming an unparalleled chronological resource.

Civil Rights Digital Library

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The struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s is among the most far-reaching social movements in the nation's history, and it represents a crucial step in the evolution of American democracy. The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale. The CRDL features a collection of unedited news film from the WSB (Atlanta) and WALB (Albany, Ga.) television archives held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries. The CRDL provides educator resources and contextual materials, including Freedom on Film, relating instructive stories and discussion questions from the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia, and the New Georgia Encyclopedia, delivering engaging online articles and multimedia.

Disabled World

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Disabled World hand picks and publishes submitted disability videos that feature information for and about persons with disabilities that we feel will be of benefit to the public, carers and caregivers, and are helpful to people with a disability.The video clips include demonstrations of assistive technology, disability sports, teaching disability topics in classrooms, and general health information. Videos for the deaf and hearing impaired include topics in British Sign Language (BSL), American Sign Language (ASL), and captioning.

EVIA Digital Archive Project - Ethnographic Video for Instruction & Analysis

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The EVIA Digital Archive Project is a collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors. Funded since 2001 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with significant contributions from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, the Project has been developed through the joint efforts of ethnographic scholars, archivists, librarians, technologists, and legal experts. Beyond the primary mission of digitally preserving ethnographic field video, the EVIA Project has also invested significantly in the creation of software and systems for the annotation, discovery, playback, peer review, and scholarly publication of video and accompanying descriptions.

Folkstreams

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Folkstreams mission is to build a national preserve of hard-to-find documentary films about American folk or roots cultures, and to give those films renewed life by streaming them on the internet. The films were produced by independent filmmakers in a golden age that began in the 1960s and was made possible by the development first of portable cameras and then capacity for synch sound. Their films focus on the culture, struggles, and arts of unnoticed Americans from many different regions and communities. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an institutional partner.

Frontline

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FRONTLINE has served as American public television’s flagship public affairs series since 1983.

Described by The Atlantic as “the best news program on television,” the series has built a reputation for powerful investigative storytelling that tackles the tough, controversial and complex stories that shape our times. More than 180 FRONTLINE documentaries are streaming in full online.

HippoCampus

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HippoCampus.org is a free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge. Teachers project HippoCampus content during classroom learning and assign it for computer labs and homework. Students use the site in the evenings for study and exam prep.

International Monetary Fund

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Provides more than 1,000 short-form videos, generally under 5 minutes, produced by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  Search options permit searching by a combination of elements:  Category, Country, Year, Language, and Keyword.  Categories include:  Countries and Regions, Economic Outlook, Speeches and Interviews, Topics and Issues, among others.

Internet Archive

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The Moving Image Archive contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons, concerns, and ephemeral material.

Internet Movie Database

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Provides access to full-length films and television episodes, many in the public domain.  The alphabetic listing of titles links to the IMDB page that describes the film and provides a link to stream the video.  The link may redirect or pull the stream from another site such as the Internet Archive, SnagFilms, or Hulu.

Learners TV

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This is a comprehensive site providing thousands of downloadable Video lectures, Live Online Tests, and more in fields such as  Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management, Nursing, Psychology, History, Languages, Literature, Law, Economics, Philosophy, Astronomy, and Political Science. The site provides video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted by faculty from reputed universities around the world. Most of the materials offered are licensed by the respective institutions under a Creative Commons License.

Media That Matters Film Festival

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Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action. From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less.

The Mike Wallace Interview

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In the early 1960’s, broadcast journalist Mike Wallace donated 65 recorded interviews made in 1957-58 from his show The Mike Wallace Interview to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. The bulk of these were 16mm kinescope film recordings, some of the earliest recordings of live television that were possible, and that survive today. Many of these have not been seen for over 50 years, and they represent a unique window into a turbulent time of American, and world history. From Senators to strippers, Ku Klux Klansmen to Nobel Prize winners, Mike Wallace has interviewed them all.

NOVA

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Access to selected programs from the acclaimed PBS science series. Closed captions are available. Available videos are organized by broad subject categories:  Ancient Worlds, Body & Brain, Evolution, Military & Espionage, Nature, Physics & Math, Planet Earth, Space & Flight, Tech & Engineering.

The Paramount Vault

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The Paramount Vault showcases a collection of Paramount full-length films and clips including selections that range from black-and-white to color, comedy to horror, and everything in between. Viewers are invited to explore the vast landscape of cinema’s history, share their favorite films, and discover new ones through this official channel created by Paramount Pictures.

PBS Learning Media

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PBS LearningMedia offers teachers more than 100,000 videos, images, interactives, lesson plans and articles drawn from critically acclaimed PBS programs such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and SID THE SCIENCE KID, and from expert content contributors like The National Archives and NASA. 

Content aligns with Common Core State Standards.

PBS Video

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On PBS Video, award-winning national programming and locally produced shows are just a click away. Watch your favorite shows and catch the episodes you may have missed, all on your schedule. Click "Share" to send your favorites to friends and post to social networks

P.O.V. Video

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues. This site provides many full length films, as well as interviews with filmmakers and clips for use in the classroom setting.

ScienceCinema

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Contains multimedia videos highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy's scientific research.  State-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology allows the user to search for specific words and phrases spoken by the presenter in these video files. Simply enter a term and the results list will point to the precise snippets of the video where the term was spoken.

Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive

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From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, the Scripps archive provides a unique collection of material on U.S. public policy. The Library's multimedia archive includes more than 2,500 hours of secret White House recordings, hundreds of presidential oral history interviews, audio and video recordings of Miller Center Forums, and documents related to the executive branch of American government.

SnagFilms

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SnagFilms has over 5,000 movies, TV show episodes, documentaries and exclusive original comedy shorts. New movies and new TV shows added every month.

Brief commercials precede and are interspersed through the video playback.

TED: Technology, Entertainment, Design

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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

Thanhouser Films Online

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56 titles provide a representative cross section of the early silent motion picture era films produced by the Thanhouser film enterprise based in New Rochelle, New York. From its founding in 1909 through 1917, Thanhouser Company, and its successor company, Mutual's Thanhouser Film Corporation, produced and released over 1,000 silent films to worldwide distribution.

The films were assembled over the past 25 years with the cooperation of archives around the world, including The Library of Congress in Washington, DC, The British Film Institute in London, England, George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York, the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles, California, the EYE Film Institute Netherlands in Amsterdam, Holland, and from the Thanhouser collection.

WGBH Open Vault

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Provides online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. The ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning.

YouTube

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YouTube can occasionally be a source of last resort for out-of-print and hard-to-find content. It also has many funny clips of goats.

Credits

This guide was originally based on Streaming Video LibGuide by deg farrelly, Media Librarian, Arizona State University Libraries.



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