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Using Streaming Media
- Streaming media is best used for distance education scenarios or for individual viewing. Streaming titles should be checked prior to syllabus finalization, especially if it was created during a prior semester. (Licensing terms for most streaming media is only available on a temporary basis.)
- Use of longform streaming media for classroom screenings is NOT recommended. Network issues and other technological variables can lead to inconsistent playback, and resizing the image to fit a large screen can cause image degradation.
- Physical media is generally the most reliable option for classroom screenings.
- The Library's DVD / Blu-ray / eVideo etc. collection is searchable via DELCAT Discovery. You can search for and schedule media for future use by visiting the Film & Video Collection homepage.
- If the Library does not own the film you wish to screen, please contact Film & Video and the Library will research its availability. Please allow as much time as possible for this process.
Media & Copyright
The following links provide general information regarding copyright and intellectual property, as well as information specific to media.
Media Database: Videatives
This collection of short video clips demonstrates scenarios in child development and education. Each video is accompanied by supporting, explanatory text. Videos can be browsed by subject and age of child.
Media Database: SAGE Research Methods
SAGE Research Methods
This database features a video component that covers aspects of research skills training in the social sciences and guides students through steps of the research process. It contains 480+ titles, 120+ hours of content and includes a 15-hour introductory statistics course.
If you are seeking information about the Library's Film & Video Collection, please visit the F&V Collection webpage and / or the Film Studies LibGuide. The Media LibGuide is intended to serve as a guide to media content available via the Web, and does not include information about video content available in hard copy format to Library users on Blu-ray, DVD, VHS, film, etc.
Most of the pages linked via the subject tabs above are freely available via the Internet, and do not require a University of Delaware login for access.
Below are links to subscription media databases which require UD user authentication. When using these links, you may be prompted for your UDel NetID and password. If you encounter problems accessing Library databases, e-journals, or e-books, please visit the How to Connect to the University of Delaware Library page.
Media Database: JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)
JoVE Science Education
This video collection is designed to better teach and learn key concepts and fundamental techniques in a wide range of STEM subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology, Clinical Medicine and Engineering.
JoVE Video Journal
This database is a peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed video methods journal. Articles consist of high-quality video demonstrations and detailed text protocols in the physical and life sciences. The scope of the journal includes novel techniques, innovative applications of existing techniques, and gold standard protocols in the physical and life sciences.
Media Database: Kanopy Collection
For more information about changes to the Library's Kanopy subscription (mentioned below), click here.
Kanopy titles are licensed for 1- or (in rare instances) 3-year increments. To see when licenses are set to expire for Kanopy content, you may search DELCAT Discovery for the title and check the Notes field:
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in January 2020, with the exception of Media Education Foundation titles, the Library transitioned to a mediated model for Kanopy access. If you are an instructor and plan to teach with a title found on Kanopy, please contact the Film & Video Collection Librarian via the box at the above-right.
Media Databases: Alexander Street Press
Alexander Street Press (ASP) databases allow users to create playlists of videos within the database, or clips from videos, which can be shared with others. Users can create playlists containing various types of documents, images, whole videos, tracks, segments (clips) and/or other items such as links to any URL. Playlists can be annotated, edited, copied, shared, and all playlists contain their own unique static URL which can be incorporated into course management systems, such as Sakai. Playlists can be used as lists of personal favorites, class viewing/listening assignments, or as a teaching resource for in-class use.
Academic Video Online (AVON)
A multidisciplinary collection of more than 60,000 videos spanning numerous subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, history, music, film, and more.
American History in Video
A collection of 8,000+ videos available online for the study of American history. The collection 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.
Docuseek2 Complete Collection
Specializing in social issue and documentary film, covering topics such as environmental studies, healthcare, political science, social sciences, and journalism. Provides exclusive educational streaming video to over 1,200 titles from Bullfrog Films, Collective Eye Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, Sincerely Films, Terra Nova Films and Villon Films.
Theatre in Video
Includes definitive performances of the world’s leading plays, together with film documentaries, online in streaming video. This release brings together over 550 hours of video, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors, including 30 of the legendary BBC Shakespeare productions of plays by the world’s most renowned playwright. Also included in this release are live performances, as well as film documentaries, covering the pre-eminent names in theatre.
Media in Distance Classes
If you are an instructor who is interested in incorporating streaming media into your distance education courses, please explore the documentaries and programs available within the databases found on this page. These databases provide features that are helpful in distance education settings, such as the ability to share videos via Course Management Systems, create custom playlists, and utilize clip-making tools. You may also find many videos freely available using the subject area tabs above.
You may also be interested in the following resources:
FAQ: Library Resources in Distance Classes
Library Services for Online Distance Learning
Streaming Media Meta-Search
This freely-available site indexes consumer-based streaming media platforms (such as Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, etc.), allowing users to search where films and television series may be available via digital rental or subscription.
Media Database: Swank Digital Campus
Swank Digital Campus
A collection of classic and current feature films.
Please note: Films provided by Swank are not viewable with the Safari browser. If you have problems viewing these films, please update your (non-Safari) browser. If you continue to have problems, please contact the Film & Video Librarian via the link above.
Media Database: Media Education Foundation
Media Education Foundation (MEF) Collection
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.
Media Database: BBC Shakespeare Plays
BBC Shakespeare Plays
This collection includes streaming video of 37 Shakespeare plays. Produced by Cedric Messina and Dr. Jonathan Miller, it includes performances by Britain's most distinguished theatrical talent including John Gielgud, Ben Kingsley, Claire Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Michael York, and Derek Jacobi.