Streaming Video Online Databases

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


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.

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 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.

Dance in Video  (Alexander Street Press - UM Ann Arbor access only) 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 are added every mon

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.

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 - U-M Ann Arbor access only) 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 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.

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.

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: 03/18/2015