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Guides Related to Media

Using Media for Courses

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Please note:

  • Streaming media is best used for distance education scenarios or for individual, asynchronous 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.  Expiration dates are included in DELCAT Discovery records.)
  • Use of longform streaming media for in-person classroom screenings is generally 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.  Please test for quality prior to in-person classroom screenings.
  • Physical media is generally the most reliable option for classroom screenings. You may make prior arrangements to schedule media for future use.
  • The Library's DVD / Blu-ray / eVideo etc. collection is searchable via DELCAT Discovery.  You can search for physical media and streaming titles via the Film & Video Collection homepage.
  • If you are an instructor seeking more information about incorporating streaming media into a course, please visit Teaching Online with Media Content via Film & Video or contact Film & Video for assistance.
  • If the Library does not own the film you wish to screen, please contact Film & Video and the Film & Video Librarian will research its availability.  Please allow as much time as possible for this process.

Media & Copyright

Copyright Highlight

The following links provide general information regarding copyright and intellectual property, as well as information specific to media.

Media Database: JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)

Media Database: SAGE Research Methods

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Media Resources

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If you are seeking information about the Library's Film & Video Collection, please visit the Film & Video Collection webpage and / or the Film Studies Research Guide.  The Media Research Guide is intended to serve as a guide to media content available online, and does not include information about video content available in physical format to Library patrons on Blu-ray, DVD, VHS, film, etc.  You may search for both Library-licensed eVideos and physical media content via DELCAT Discovery.

The subject pages linked via the tabs above are freely available via the Internet, and do not require University of Delaware affiliation for access.

Below are links to subscription media databases which require UD user authentication.  Please note: many of the resources in these databases are also accessible via DELCAT Discovery.  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 or use the Ask the Library service for assistance.

If you are an instructor seeking information about incorporating streaming media into a course, please visit Teaching Online with Media Content via Film & Video or use the Email Me button in the box to your right for assistance.

Media Database: Docuseek Complete Collection (Docuseek platform)

Portion of the Docuseek collection page featuring cover images of selected included films

Media Database: Global Environmental Justice Collection

Portion of the Global Environmental Justice Collection's search page, featuring cover images of selected included films

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. Playlists can be used as lists of personal favorites, class viewing/listening assignments, or as a teaching resource for in-class use.

Media Database: Swank Digital Campus

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Media Database: Kanopy Collection

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Kanopy titles are licensed for 1- or 3-year increments, and occasionally in perpetuity.  To see when licenses are set to expire for eVideo content, you may search DELCAT Discovery for the title and scroll down to the 'Access Online' section of the record.  Click 'Access Online' and 'Notes & License Terms' to view the title's expiration date (reach out to the Film & Video Collection Librarian if your class requires an extension):

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Film & Video Librarian

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Meghann Matwichuk
Librarian, Film & Video Collection
(302) 831-1475

International Access

International students who are having difficulties accessing Library-provided materials (including media) may try using the University of Delaware's full tunnel VPN (Virtual Private Network).  UD IT provides information on full tunnel VPN.

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Please Note:  There are a limited number of full tunnel VPN licenses available to UD students and staff at a given time.  It should only be used when necessary.  Additionally, please be aware that some countries try to intermittently block full tunnel VPN.

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

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Media Database: Videatives

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Media Database: Media Education Foundation

Media Database: BBC Shakespeare Plays

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