Guide to Video Streaming Databases

Oviatt Library patrons have access to over 7,000 streaming videos on a wide variety of topics from several video streaming databases licensed by the Library.  These videos can be viewed by students, faculty and staff on campus and at home.  In addition, faculty can stream these videos to their classroom or link them to their course Moodle Pages.

The Video Streaming Databases are located at the “Databases A-Z” button on the Library Home Page at  Here are our current Video Streaming Databases:

Films on Demand

Our largest video streaming collection with over 6,000 videos covering a variety of subjects including Anthropology, Archival Films and Newsreels, Area Studies, Art and Architecture, Communication, Criminal Justice, English and Language Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health and Medicine, History, Music and Dance, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and World Languages.

Each Films on Demand title is divided into several segments. Faculty can link the entire video or specific segment to the Course Moodle Page.  For tutorials covering searching techniques and how to link to course Moodle pages, visit:

Counseling and Therapy in Video

This collection, titled Alexander Street Counseling, contains 665 videos and provides a rich online collection of videos available for the study of counseling, social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. The wealth of video and multiplicity of perspectives in these collections allow students and scholars to see, experience, and study counseling in ways never before possible.

Ethnographic Video Online

This collection contains 825 videos and is a comprehensive online resource for the visual study of human culture and behavior including classic and contemporary documentaries produced by leading video producers in the discipline; previously unpublished footage from working anthropologists and ethnographers in the field; and select feature films. Wherever possible, videos include accompanying field notes, liner notes, filmmaker biographies, related articles, study guides, and other context-enhancing, full-text materials. Publishing partners include the leading video content providers in the discipline, including Documentary Educational Resources (DER).  At the core of this collection are hundreds of the most frequently assigned films in anthropology, ethnography, and social psychology courses.

Great Speeches Video Series

This collection contains famous speeches of the 20th and 21st centuries. They include introduction detailing historical context, significance and the rhetorical devices found in each speech.

In addition, there are other video streaming listings in the Library’s catalog under the individual video title, including the Complete BBC Works of Shakespeare Series by Ambrose Video.

If you have questions about Library Streaming Databases, please call the Oviatt Library’s Music & Media Department at (818) 677-2211 or contact Dean Arnold at