Streaming Video Collections

The Ames Library has acquired access to multiple streaming video collections. You will also find links on this page to some openly accessible sites.  If you are looking for a title that is not available in our streaming collection please check the Ames Catalog to see if we own the DVD.

Alexander Street Press Critical Video Editions - these collections include subject specific content developed by the BBC, Creative Arts Television, ArtHaus Musik, Pennebaker, Hegedus Films, Insight Media, and many more.  If you wish to embed or link to a film in Moodle - click on the video,  choose "embed" link and follow these instructions on How to Embed a Link into Moodle.

You may cross-search all of the ASP databases or pick one from the list below.
Streaming Video 

 Encyclopedia Britannica Online Academic Edition

Openly Accessible Sites

  • AdViews - access to thousands of historic commercials from the 1950s - 1980s

  • American Experience - entire American Experience series featuring over 250 films

  • American Memory - Library of Congress provides access to several hundred early motion pictures

  • American Rhetoric - features a collection of text, audio and video versions of over 5,000 speeches

  • Anneberg Media - uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools.

  • Civil Rights Digital Library - online films, texts, images and audio recordings related to the Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's.

  • EVIA - digital archive of ethnographic field video that is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

  • Internet Archive / Moving Images - this library contains over a million digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts

  • Lannan Foundation - site provides access to 15 years of audio and video recordings from live events and interviews with notable authors, scholars, and activists. The site also provides brief biographies.

  • Newslook -  visual news stories & analysis of the current issues, selected by journalists and documentarians

  • PBS Learning -  content contributed from publicly funded organizations, including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, NASA and the National Science Foundation

  • POV Video - selection of full length films, short films, and lesson plans from the PBS documentary POV

  • Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive - serves as a research facility for scholars of U.S. public policy

  • SnagFilms -  over 850 full-length documentary films from established distributors and first-time filmmakers

  • TEDTalks - more than 500 of the best talks and performances from TED and partners

  • WGBH Open Vault - access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH

  • YouTube Video- Most of the content has been uploaded by individuals, but some media corporations including CBS, the BBC, and other organizations offer some of their material via the site. This site can be a source of last resort for out-of-print and hard-to-find content.