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Media Resources

This page owes much to the Gould Library at Carleton College.

WVC Media Holdings

WVC maintains a collections of physical VHS and DVD titles that are searchable from the library catalog, Catapult. You may search for media items just as you would a book; just set the "limit to" dropdown to "video". For full information on media checkouts, services, and related policies, see the Media Department​ page.

Additionally, current students have access to several restricted databases containing a wealth of audio-visual resources (in order of relevance):

  • Films on Demand
    Over 6,500 streaming instructional films from Films Media Group.

  • ARTStor
    A digital library containing more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Its collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists estates.

    Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms.

  • Academic OneFile
    Expansive general database that includes images; just limit your search to Images using the 'Document Type' selector.

  • eLibrary
    General database that includes images, maps, media and transcripts.

  • OAIster
    Searches the contents of digital library collections, including images and audio.

External Media Resources

Here is a selection of sites providing free or ad-supported viewing (in alphabetical order):

  • American Memory: Library of Congress
    16 themed collections of moving images, from films of Americans at work and leisure dating back to 1894 to reactions to 9/11 collected by ethnographers and folklorists.

  • British Film Institute: YouTube Channel
    More than 200 short films and videos from the world's largest film and television archive. Selections include early documentary and comedy films, rare early color films, cartoons, experimental films, and wartime propaganda films.

  • Criterion Collection Film Festival (ad-supported, requires free membership at The Auteurs)
    A monthly selection of five or six films from the prestigious Criterion Collection. Viewing of these films is free, but requires signing up for free membership at The Auteurs, a social networking site.

  • Europa Film Treasures
    Rare films from over two dozen European film archives including silent films from the late-1890s to recent experimental films.

    Collected documentary films on anthropological topics. Site also includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites

  • Hulu (ad-supported)
    A joint venture of NBC Universal and News Corp. (Fox), providing ad-supported free viewing of feature films and popular broadcast network and cable televisions shows. Additional content includes Fox News feeds of Presidential press conferences and other news and sports programming.

  • Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive
    Over 150,000 films and videos including classic feature films, alternative news broadcasts, educational and industrial films, cartoons, concerts, and more.

  • Joost (ad-supported)
    Joost is a Web site similar to Hulu that provides ad-supported free viewing of feature films and popular broadcast network and cable television shows. Joost also includes music videos among its content.

  • MN Video Vault
    Hundreds of hours of documentaries, performances, interviews, and speeches collected by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT).

  • Motion Pictures from the National Archives
    Just over 100 films from the Department of the Interior (1916-1970), NASA (1962-1981), and now-defunct Office of War Information (1942-1945).

  • National Film Board of Canada
    Hundreds of films produced by the National Film Board of Canada, including documentaries, animation, and feature films, available in high-quality online video.

  • National Film Preservation Board
    Links to other audiovisual resource pages, organized by country and state.

  • Modern Feed
    Not a content provider so much as a content aggregator, Modern Feed collects links to free online film and video and allows registered users (registration is free) to make viewing playlists and to share links to programming across social networks such as Facebook.

  • PBS
    Programs from several PBS series are available for viewing online: Bill Moyers Journal, Charlie Rose, NOVA, Frontline, Nature, and American Experience.

  • UbuWeb: Film & Video
    Hundreds of avant-garde and experimental film and video works by artists both famous and obscure.

Additional links to online film and video sites are collected on the University of North Texas' Online Media Resources guide and University of Washington Libraries Media Center online media guide.