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Streaming Videos Provide Something for Everyone

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech offer far more than books on shelves.

Faculty and students have free and easy access to over 100,000 streaming videos. No matter the genre — documentaries, instructional, foreign films, classics, animated, kids films, historical footage, and more — there is a streaming media database for a variety of personal and classroom uses.

For the film students:

  • Alexander Street Press includes feature films, television programs and segments, documentaries, educational films, and more. Viewers can search against transcripts of most videos, and faculty and create clips for inclusion in course materials.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video provides hundreds of streaming videos in a wide variety of subjects, including groundbreaking documentaries I Am Not Your Negro and Grey Gardens.

For the scientists:

  • Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a platform for online journals that provide peer-reviewed videos and articles on scientific experiments. Specialties include biology, bioengineering, immunology and infection, medicine, and neuroscience.
  • Henry Stewart Talks provides access to over 1,500 online seminar-style talks for biochemistry, cancer, neurobiology, genetics, and more. HSTalks are specially prepared and presented by expert researchers, including Nobel Laureates.

For the arts aficionados:

  • Met Opera on Demand provides streaming video of over 500 Met performances, each with subtitles in English and other languages. Search by opera, singer, composer, or conductor, and be prepared to be transported to the Met.
  • Routledge Performance Archive provides access to an unprecedented range of performance audio-visual material. The archive consists of streamed video and audio footage of performances as well as relevant critical commentary.

For the social scientists:

  • PBS Video is the digital counterpart to our VHS collection of PBS shows. The collection covers a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, arts, social sciences and sciences, but is particularly strong in American history and American studies.
  • C-SPAN Video Library records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is included.

For the lifelong learners:

  • Skillsoft Training Videos include training videos on computer science and software skills. Skillsoft can help you learn how to code, program, develop, and more.
  • Gnomon Workshop provides training videos in art and design, and includes many tutorials on video game development. Register with your email address to create an account.

There’s something for everyone in our diverse collection of streaming video databases. To view the full list, and to find media in your interest area, click here.

Written by Maria Atilano, Creative Editor