Streaming Video Online Databases

The U-M Library is now offering streaming video with these online databases:


60 Minutes: 1997 - 2014 (Alexander Street Press) upon completion will contain all 1750 episodes of 60 Minutes from the period 1997-2014.  60 Minutes is a highly successful program, winning 120 Emmy and Peabody awards.  60 Minutes is the longest continuously-running prime-time program in American television history.
Also includes 175 hours of CBS Sunday Morning.
Alexander Street Press provides these programs in high-definition streaming format.

American History in Video (Alexander Street Press) provides over 2,000 hours and more than 7,500 titles of streaming video from documentary producers such as The History Channel and PBS, public affairs sources such as Longines Chronoscope, and newsreel producers like United News and Universal Newsreel. Historical coverage ranges from early American history to contemporary events. Biographical coverage ranges from 18th c. to modern-day figures.

Art and Architecture in Video (Alexander Street Press) illustrates the history, theory and practice of art, design and architecture in a collection of over 400 documentaries and interviews.

BBC Shakespeare Plays  (Ambrose)  includes all 37 Shakespeare plays, unabridged, performed by renowned British actors. Streaming options include the complete play or individual acts. All works have optional closed captioning.

The Ascent of Man (Ambrose) is a 13-part BBC and Time/Life television series surveying the development of science.

Black Studies in Video (Alexander Street Press) features award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides unique access to their African American Classics collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.

Classical Music in Video (Alexander Street Press) will contain 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses captured on video—approximately 1,500 performances in all. The collection will contain performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.

Counseling and Therapy in Video  (Alexander Street Press) collection contains over 350 films from the fields of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. Videos include footage from actual therapy sessions, training videos, lectures, and reenactments. The videos cover an array of therapeutic methods, diagnoses, and cultural groups and include the work of world-renowned therapists such as Jon Carlson, Allen Ivey, and Insoo Kim Berg.

Criterion on Demand ( U-M Ann Arbor access only) offers feature films in a range of genres and styles from Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Fox SearchLight, MTV Films, Paramount Vantage, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon Films, Insurge Pictures, Troma Films, New Concorde, among others. Search Mirlyn by title if you're looking for a particular film (search on "criterion on demand" as keyword) or browse the entire collection.

Current Affairs in Video (Alexander Street Press) features award-winning films and documentaries emphasizing detailed analysis and discussion of the critical political issues of the day.

Dance in Video  (Alexander Street Press) is a collection of 600 dance productions and documentaries by some of the most influential performers and dance companies. The collection covers ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance; and includes documentaries by and about leading choreographers.

Dental Education in Video (Alexander Street Press). A video encyclopedia of dentistry and dental technique, delivering instant online access to hundreds of high-definition videos

Docuseek2 (U-M Ann Arbor access only) provides streaming access to over 750 documentaries covering a wide variety of subjects from Bullfrog Films, Collective Eye Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, National Film Board of Canada, Scorpion TV, Sincerely Films, Terra Nova Films and Villon Films.

Engineering Case Studies Online (Alexander Street Press) provides a wide range of video and text material focusing on engineering failures and successes. At completion, the collection will contain 250 hours and 50,000 pages of quality documentaries, accident reports, experiments, visualizations, case studies, lectures and interviews from leading engineering institutions around the world.

Ethnographic Video Online (Alexander Street Press) includes over 750 hours and 1,000 classic and contemporary documentaries on human culture and behavior from such pioneers as Edward Curtis, Jean Rouch, and Margaret Mead. The works come from every region of the world and include Nanook of the North, the !Kung Bushman Series, and the Yanomamo Series, as wells as previously unreleased raw footage.

Filmakers Library Online  (Alexander Street Press) offers over 1,000 documentaries from Filmakers Library. The films cover a range of academic disciplines, such as race and gender studies, global studies, criminal justice, health, business, law, environmental studies, political science, and the humanities.

Human Rights Studies Online (Alexander Street Press) is a research and learning database providing comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010. The collection includes primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content types.

Kanopy Streaming (U-M Ann Arbor access only) offers a remarkable variety of documentary and feature film from an impressive array of producers and distributors including BBC Active, California Newsreel, Criterion Collection/Janus films, Documentary Educational Resources, First Run Features, Green Planet Films, Kino Lorber Edu, Media Education Foundation, National Film Board of Canada, PBS,, and the DEFA Film Library's (East) German Film Collection.

Latin America in Video (Alexander Street Press) gives instructors, students, and researchers of Latin American studies, Spanish, and Portuguese a comprehensive and unique perspective on the region. It includes approximately 400 original-language documentaries—over 300 hours in all—from some of the most important producers and independent filmmakers in Latin America. Issues include human rights, violence, immigration, illiteracy, popular culture, and political history.

The March of Time (Alexander Street Press) is a collection of Time, Inc.'s unique and controversial series or newsreels, originally shown in theaters and on television from 1935-1967.  These restored pieces are cross-searchable to meet the needs of researchers, students, and faculty.

Media Education Foundation collection (Kanopy Streaming - U-M Ann Arbor access only)  The films in the Media Education Foundation (MEF) Collection encourage critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. With a special focus on representations of gender and race, and the effect these representations have on identity and culture, MEF films are especially well-suited for use in Women's Studies, Sociology, Race Studies,Communication, Anthropology, Education, and Psychology courses.

Meet the Press (Alexander Street Press) provides access to network television’s longest running broadcast journalism program televised with thousands of interviews, panels, and debates spanning 1947-2012.

Met Opera on Demand: Student Access offers instant access to full-length Metropolitan Opera performances, with subtitles, including stunning HD videos from the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series of movie theater transmissions, classic telecasts from the 1970s, `80s, and `90s, and radio broadcasts dating back to 1935. New titles added regularly.

Music Online (Alexander Street Press) offers hundreds of thousands of audio recordings, plus 400,000 pages of scores, 100,000 pages of music reference, and over 500 hours of video.

Naxos Video Library  is a performing arts video library with over 1,300 operas, ballets, live concerts, and documentaries. It includes the Naxos DVD label, Opus Arte, Arthaus, Dacapo, EuroArts, and others, and it is continuously updated to offer the best selection of performing arts videos.

New World Cinema (Alexander Street Press) collection includes approximately 200 full-length films and 50 short films from leading independent distributors such as Kino, MK2, and First Run Features. All films were presented at major film festivals and many were nominees and/or winners of major awards.

Obedience (Alexander Street Press) presents Stanley Milgram's classic research on obedience to authority through candid footage shot at Yale University in May 1962. Documents both obedient and defiant reactions of subjects who are instructed to administer electric shocks of increasing severity to another person and shows subjects explaining their actions after the experiment.

OnArchitecture is an online audiovisual service providing a synthetic, deep and detailed panorama of the world's main authors, works, experiences and problematics related to the field of architecture. OnArchitecture's collection features original videos, such as interviews, buildings and installations, all of this enriched with a selection of complementary material - documents and audiovisuals - about the main authors and figures of contemporary architecture.

Opera in Video (Alexander Street Press) includes over 250 opera performances from world-renowned singers and companies. Multiple performances and stagings allow for analysis and comparison of stage design, vocal technique, and role and musical interpretations. The collection also includes documentaries and interviews.

PBS Video Collection (Alexander Street Press - U-M Ann Arbor access only) includes Public Broadcasting Service programs selected for their high quality and relevance to academic curricula. Films and series include Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.

Psychological Experiments Online (Alexander Street Press) is a multimedia collection that synthesizes the most important psychological experiments of the 20th and 21st centuries, fostering deeper levels of understanding for students and scholars alike. These experiments have far-reaching impacts on fields as diverse as sociology, business, advertising, economics, political science, law, ethics, and the arts.

Silent Film Online (Alexander Street Press) brings together films which together represent the basis of modern cinematic technique and film theory. Carefully curated with ASP’s Video Advisory Board, the database covers silent features, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s.

Swank Digital Campus offers streaming of feature films and documentaries produced by major Hollywood and independent studios. Click here to search available films, which you can request at the Askwith Media Library. Click here to see and access films currently licensed from Swank Motion Pictures.

Theatre in Video (Alexander Street Press) collection includes performances of more than 300 of the world’s most important plays. It also offers a compilation of over 200 documentaries about leading playwrights, actors, and directors; and various aspects of acting and stage production.

World History in Video (Alexander Street Press)  is a wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that allow students and researchers to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. The video content offered here is truly global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. Upon completion, the collection will contain 1,000 hours of streaming video that offers access to more than 1,750 important, critically acclaimed documentaries from filmmakers worldwide.

World Newsreels Online, 1929 - 1966 (Alexander Street Press) captures full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century. These films, produced from 1929 right through to the early post-war period, provide a unique – and until now largely neglected, resource that will give scholars a real insight into how people learned about, and lived through the events that occurred during this period of history.


Flint users can access the Alexander Street Press collections through the Alexander Street Press LibGuide.

These databases offer links to specific programs that instructors can add to CTools course sites for student access. Users can create playlists of whole videos, film clips, and Web content that can be saved and shared. Video from Alexander Street Press databases can be viewed alongside synchronized transcripts and can be downloaded to Apple or Android phones (good for 48 hours.)

The Library will consider purchasing access to additional streaming film sources. Please submit a Streaming Request Form or contact the Askwith Media Library to make your recommendation.

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Last modified: 09/24/2015