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.

Academic Video Online (AVON) delivers nearly 70,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. The database includes includes documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, demonstrations, and raw footage. Distributors include CNN, PBS, A&E Television, BBC, 60 Minutes (CBS), Sony Pictures Classics, First Run Features, Documentary Educational Resources, and many others.  

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.

Asian Film Online (Alexander Street Press) is an online streaming video collection of nearly 600 feature films, documentaries and shorts.  Twenty-four countries across Asia are represented, with strong concentration on China, India, Iran, South Korea and Southeast Asia. 

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.

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.

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) contains over 940 hours of video content covering the full scope of 20th and 21st century dance. The collection includes performances, documentaries, interviews, and instructional videos from influential performers and companies. The diverse content supports the study of dance history, choreography, dance composition, and improvisation. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. Dance in Video, Volume II (included) showcases a new catalogue of dancers and partners including the Joffrey Ballet, John Jasperse Company, and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, as well as instructional materials, interviews, and documentaries featuring key performers and 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

Digitalia Film Library - Cuban Cinema Collection. This database provides streaming video access to highly awarded Cuban films in their original language with English subtitles. Access for the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses.

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.

Fashion Studies Online: The Videofashion Library (Alexander Street Press)  This collection will bring together at completion over 1,200 hours of videos that retrace the history of fashion, clothing, and costume worldwide. Students and researchers can access a remarkable collection covering the major fashion weeks in Milan, Paris, New York and London, as well as Miami swim and New York bridal collections. Topical segments visit events like the Met's Costume Exhibits, CFDA Awards, and feature interviews with top designers, models, and celebrities of the fashion world. 

Feature Films for Education. With hundreds of full-length feature films, this high-interest collection focuses on both current and hard-to-find titles, including literary adaptations, blockbusters, classics, environmental titles, foreign films, social issues, animation studies, Academy Award® winners, and more. Predominantly 20th Century Fox films. 

Film Platform serves as a bridge between academia and documentary film, bringing students and professors the most relevant and highly regarded films from the festival circuit.  The collection is curated by film experts and academics to showcase critically-acclaimed documentaries of social, political, and cultural importance. The complete Film Platform collection of over 330 films is available to authorized UM users (plus guests in the UM Libraries).

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.

Ideas Roadshow provides in-depth conversations with a wide variety of scientists, researchers and authors across the arts and sciences. Long-form video and audio files along with comprehensive enhanced eBooks illustrate the topics under discussion. Access: Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)

Independent World Cinema: Classic and Contemporary Film (Alexander Street Press) includes over 400 of the most important and innovative films from the early 20th Century to today.  Features independent distributors Zeitgeist Films, Pragda, Milestone and Oscilloscope.  Includes feature films, animated films and documentaries.  

jflix is a dedicated to award winning films on various topics dealing with Judaism and Israel. From Jewish history through biographies of leaders, along with films about Israeli society and culture. These films discuss questions such as Jewish identity and coping courageously with moral dilemmas.

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, the films of Frederick Wiseman, Green Planet Films, Kino Lorber Edu, Media Education Foundation, National Film Board of Canada, PBS,, Women Make Movies, and the DEFA Film Library's (East) German Film Collection.             

Note: Access to Kanopy films not already licensed is now mediated. You may be prompted to make a request for a film.

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.

LGBT Studies in Video (Alexander Street Press) features award-winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage and features films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, families, AIDS, transgender issues, global experiences, and more.  Over 300 films are included, from short animations to feature films.

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.

Milestone Films (Alexander Street Press access) Since 2007, Milestone has concentrated on the restoration and worldwide distribution of films outside the Hollywood mainstream featuring “lost” films by and about African Americans, Native Americans, LGBTQ and women

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.

Sage Research Methods Video Collection is a collection of 440 streaming videos specifically on social science research skills.

Sage Video: Media, Communication & Cultural Studies is a collection of videos from Sage Publishing on Media, Communication & Cultural Studies.  Includes tutorials, interviews and documentaries.  Topics include popular culture, New Media, journalism and advertising.  Presents research methods for media studies, communications and cultural studies.

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.

Sony Pictures Classics  -  About 300 Sony Pictures Classics films are available to stream through Alexander Street Press.

Swank Digital Campus (U-M Ann Arbor access only) 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 for a list of films currently licensed by the library 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.

Theatre in Video: Volume II (Alexander Street Press) Theatre in Video: Volume II complements Theatre in Video with about 400 additional hours of plays and documentaries.  Volume II has a greater focus on contemporary and international productions.  Includes performances from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the BBC, Theatre Arts Films and TMW Media Group.

World Cinema Collection. This streaming collection includes the best of the silent era, groundbreaking international directors, American and European masterpieces from the mid-20th century, award-winning contemporary films from Global Lens, and films from Africa and the African diaspora from ArtMattan Productions. The collection shines a light on the history of cinema while also providing a glimpse into the cultures and issues of countries around the world—making it useful beyond film studies departments by bringing value to programs in area studies, political science, history, world languages, and more.

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.

These databases offer links to specific programs that instructors can add to Canvas 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: 09/11/2019