Guide to Video Streaming Databases

Oviatt Library patrons have access to nearly 15,000 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:

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.

Education in Video

Collection of streaming videos developed specifically for training and developing teachers. The collection includes teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms. Access generously provided by Campus Quality Fee.

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including classic and contemporary documentaries produced by leading video producers in the discipline; previously unpublished footage from working anthropologists and ethnographers in the field; and select feature films.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.

Health and Society in Video

Streaming video collection defines and explores today's latest medical progress in health and wellness issues and their impact on society--with hundreds of premium documentaries, profiles, reports, and interviews. Access generously provided by NIH/NLM Women's Health Resources Dissemination Outreach Project.

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:

Opera in Video

Collection of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. Access generously provided by Campus Quality Fee.

Theater in Video

Collection of more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors. Access generously provided by Campus Quality Fee.

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