How do I... find videos or DVDs?
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Videos or DVDs that can be used in presentations and papers can be hard to find due to copyright laws and because they are not normally indexed like other print material. This How do I guide offers hints and tips to help you find many different kinds of videos and DVDs at CU and also digitally.
To find videorecordings at CU, regardless of format, (DVD/VHS etc) follow the steps below:
- Chinook Classic
- Type your keywords in Chinook, eg Pride and Prejudice.
- On the left hand side of the screen select Videorecording as the format.
- Open up the Advanced Keyword Search in Chinook and select Videorecordings as the collection
- To specifically find DVDs or Videos, open up the Advanced Keyword Search in Chinook and select either DVD or video from the drop down menu.
- Enter your keywords as usual in the top searchboxes.
- The record will usually include the word [videorecording] in the title.
- DVDs are usually found in the Norlin DVD Collection, behind the Circulation Desk on the Second Floor (West Entrance)
- VHS have all been sent to PASCAL the offsite storage facility.
How to Request a Video from PASCAL
Materials housed at the PASCAL storage facility display with that location in the Chinook catalog. Example:
You may place a request in one of three ways:
1. Once you have found a PASCAL item in the Chinook catalog, click the REQUEST IT! button at the top of the page. You will be asked for your IdentiKey and password (or name, ID, and PIN code). If you are successful in placing the hold a confirmation message will appear.
If you are unsuccessful, you will be asked to contact a librarian and should try one of the following two request methods:
2. Email the Access Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and ID number, and call number information for the item you want to request.
3. Call the Access Services Department at 303-492-7477 and place your request over the phone.
Requests from PASCAL are usually delivered the next business day, and come to the main library circulation desk at Norlin. You should receive an email advising you that the material has arrived. You can also check to see if you have any items on the "hold shelf" by checking your own library account (My Chinook). PASCAL requests are kept on our hold shelf for 10 days. If the material hasn't been picked up in ten days, it is returned to the storage facility.
- DVDs and VHS can be checked out for 7 days
Why not use only Google or Yahoo to find videos?
Video search engines pull up endless pages of digital videos. However, they do have some limitations.
- Search engines do not index the collections of digital videos mentioned in this guide, eg American Memory Project
- Search engines may find hundreds of popular or specific videos (e.g. The Rocky Mountains) but it's hard to find broad topics (e.g. urban design).
- Academic video collections allow you to refine your search by date, subject and many other options.
- Finding a video on the web does not authorize you to use it legally. Many videos are protected by copyright.
For the best results, consult several sources in your search for videos.
Google Video Search
Offers both free and commercial services that allows user to search, play, and upload videos to the Google web server. It is a good starting point for finding videos on broad array of topics.
Yahoo Video Search
Allows users to search millions of videos.
BBC Video Search
Use the search box at the top of the page to access BBC videos.
Search the internet using the following terms:
- public domain
Some video collections:
To find video files, use the "Video" tab. Choose the "Audio" tab to find MP3 and other sound files.
AltaVista Audio Search
Indexes all digital file formats such as MP3 music files.
AltaVista Video Search
Indexes all digital video formats such as MPG, MOV, and AVI.
This is a very interesting project that claims to search TV content not just by keyword, but also by analysis of the video content looking for conceptual matches. The content searched is relatively small compared to major search engines like Google, but it seems to have a good selection of news content.
- Classic Cinema Online
Hundreds of films in dozens of categories.
C-SPAN content is easy to search from their video search site. There is a simple one-box search and an advanced search screen that allows for limiting by date, as well as by category, topic, and series.
Digital Librarian: Audio, Video, Multimedia
This free resource provides an index to hundreds of free audio, sheet music, video and multimedia websites.
This site serves as an index to multiple WAV sound files for commercials, cinema, TV, and sound effects. Includes a link to the very popular and in high-demand site, A1 Free Sound Effects, a fun resource with over 700 free WAV sound effects that include everything from breaking glass to creaking doors to sirens.
- Library of Congress Youtube channel
Timeless treasures and contemporary presentations from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Mefeedia's mission is to make it easy to find and watch video that interests you. - no matter where that video is hosted or what platform or player you choose to watch it on.
Tracks movies that are available to watch online, either for free or for pay.
- National Film Board: Canada
Listing of roughly 13,000 feature-length movies that are available legally online
Truveo video search lets you search and find videos from across the Web. Use Truveo to find all types of online video including hit television shows, full-length movies, breaking news clips, sports highlights, music videos, or the latest viral videos
- You Tube Time Machine Pick any year between now and 1860 and watch Youtube videos related to that era.
Once you find a link to a video clip, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, not all files can be copied to your PC. Some files can only be view using video steaming. The advantage here is that the video is downloaded in small fragments allowing users with slower Internet connections to view media files, which can be quite large. However, streaming files often prohibit the content from being copied locally. Common streaming files format are Windows Media and Real Media.
Still, many files can be downloaded to your PC. Many of the search engines will indicate on the results screen which files can be fully downloaded or just viewed. But, there is another concern here: copyright.
Just because you can download a video does not always mean you have the right to use the clip in its entirety or in anyway you want. It is best to check with the copyright owner if possible before using a video clip. For educators, researchers, and students, copyright law does provide some flexibility when it comes to using media for scholarly purposes.
Guidelines that can help you decide if you can use a clip for a particular purpose are available online. Here are some useful sites to consult:
Webster University (Bob Scheier and Emily Alling, Babson Library, Springfield College, Springfield, MA, Monique Threatt, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN)
How do I cite? (Examples and links to style books)
In citing film and other media, use the citation form for the format in which you watched the work being cited. For example:
- If you watched the film Casablanca on DVD and wish to cite it, use the citation format for DVD (not the film original).
- If you watched Casablanca in a movie theater, use citation format for film.
- If you are citing a documentary or program that you watched on DVD/videotape, but which was originally broadcast on television, use the citation format for DVD/videotape.
- If you are citing a trailer for a theatrical movie that you watched on the internet, use the citation format for online resources.
Include the following elements in the following order. Include as much information as is available from the media package or other sources. If you are citing the contribution of a particular performer or the director of a work, you may choose to include the person's name first in the citation (last name, first name) You may include other data that seem pertinent, such as writer of screenplay or writer of work upon which the film is based, depending on the focus of your research.
- DVD, Video or Film Title (underlined)
- Series Title (no underline or quotation marks)
- Director/Filmmaker OR Personal Producer OR Corporate/Institutional Producer.
- Other individuals responsible for the work (e.g., writer) if relevant
- Key Actors or other Key Performers.
- If the work being cited is the original format (i.e. if you've viewed the film in a theater), cite the Studio Name OR Production Company followed by production date OR original release date (If known)
- Format (if the version you're citing is video or DVD)
- Distributor (i.e. DVD or video distributor)
- Distribution Date (separated from the distributor by a comma)
Citizen Kane. Dir. Orson Welles. Perfs. Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton. RKO Radio Pictures, 1941.
Breathless (À Bout de Souffle). Dir. Jean-Luc Godard. Perfs. Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Liliane David. 1960. DVD. Criterion Collection, 2007.
- America's Least Wanted . Prod. Rebecca Haggerty, Susan Levine, Jamie McClelland, Adele Rice and Jaime Yassin. Videocassette. Paper Tiger TV, 1995.
- Lucasfilm, Ltd. "Star Wars Trailer." 05 November 1999. Online video clip. Star Wars Official Site. Accessed on 02 April 2008. <http://starwars.com/episode-i/news/trailer/>
BOOK a DVD or VHS if you need to have it available to show to your class during a specific time period.
Be sure to book well in advance any DVDs or Videos you may need for your classes, otherwise they may not be available. You may book materials up to one year ahead of time! Booking of DVD and VHS materials is only open to faculty.
To book material, search in Chinook Classic for the video or DVD you require. Above the location, you can click on the Book it logo. It's not currently possible to book video through Chinook Plus.
You may book materials through Chinook, the online catalog, or at the Circulation desk, or by phone (303-492-7477), or email email@example.com. To make special arrangements, contact Norlin Circulation: firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-492-5506
Place DVD and VHS items on COURSE RESERVES when you want them to be available during the entire semester for your students to use.
Faculty wishing to place Media materials on reserves should bring them to the the Circulation Desk and fill out a request form for processing.
The Libraries and ASSETT are undertaking a Streaming Media Pilot. Films will be digitized and placed on electronic reserve. For more information, please see the following links.
Requests for duplication of audiovisual media are accepted at the Circulation desk.
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Library and freely available resources which will help find news film
Archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline since 1989. These special reports and periodic news broadcasts cover presidential press conferences and political campaign coverage, and national and international events such as the Watergate hearings, the plight of American hostages in Iran, the Persian Gulf war, and the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001
Allows users to watch free video news on recent and breaking news from around the world.
BBC Audio & Video / BBC Motion Gallery
Allows users to watch or listen to the latest news from around the world. It can be accessed by clicking on Latest News in Video and Audio from the top right hand side.
A portal to streamed video clips of news, entertainment, sports, and business information. Includes links to Reuters and NBC News feeds online.
Features videos on developing stories from around the world.
PBS - Public Broadcast Station network, which is a publicly-funded source of news to the general U.S. public. NewsHour
Link to an archive of select Frontline's broadcast documentaries spanning the past few years.
Provides videos of latest news from around the world.
Provides access links to Independent Media centers around the globe. This site also has a section for Video Projects as well as a menu of downloadable Video Software, which provide access to various video sites. This site can be good if you wish to find video in other languages in addition to English.
Go to the source of many video news clips used by news channels all over. Click on the link for 'video' to find news clips on various topics ranging from World to Business to Science & Technology.
There are not many news DVDs or videos in the library collections; however, we have several books which discuss the issues. Try the following subject headings in Chinook to help find them:
Library and freely available resources which will help find documentaries.
A gateway to primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections. Includes a sampling of early American films, including works by the Edison Company, recordings of vaudeville and other popular entertainments, early animated films; recordings of early 20th Century presidents, and scenes of American work and leisure, 1894-1915.
C-SPAN content is easy to search from their video search site. There is a simple one-box search and an advanced search screen that allows for limiting by date, as well as by category, topic, and series.
This site provides documentary film information and resources to both viewers and filmmakers.
DocuSeek Film and Video Finder
Searchable database to independent documentaries.
Tips and tools for finding films.
An online archive of "ephemeral films," including films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. Includes advertisement and publicity films, educational films, government propaganda, and other historically important moving image materials.
Try the following Subject Headings in Chinook:
This may not pull a complete list as not all feature or documentary films are assigned these subject headings. You may also find entries for books about films as well as the films themselves. Combine these terms with a keyword search E.g. Feature AND France to find film regardless of format.
Library and freely available resources which will help find videos of adverts.
Internet Archive: Prelinger Archives includes ads
This is a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films.
The Library of America holds a wide-ranging collection of audio and video recordings, books, pamphlets, periodicals, personal collections, oral histories, photographs, scripts and vertical files devoted exclusively to the history of broadcasting. Site includes an online sampling of vintage radio commercials and an online archive of historic photographs related to radio broadcasting.
An archive of historic and current political advertisements from television and the internet. Most clips include transcripts
Library and freely available resources which will help find film reviews:
In searching for information about a particular film, you will need (1) its title, (2) the director's full name and (3) the year it was produced. If the film is foreign, it is useful to have its foreign title.
Dictionaries, directories and encyclopedias: selected introductory sources
For film resources in Norlin's Reference Department, browse the PN1993 - PN1999 range. These resources can go from the sublime to the ridiculous but will still have valuable information.
International dictionary of films and filmmakers (four volumes)
REF DEPT STACKS PN1997.8 .I58 1997 LIB USE ONLY
Good for major directors, films, writers and actors. Excellent beginning filmographies and bibliographies.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index CU
To verify the credentials of reviewers or find biographical resources on individuals of interest.
Chinook > A-Z List > B > Biography and Genealogy Master Index
100 years of American film
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.5.U6 A59 2000 LIB USE ONLY
Art on screen on CD-ROM
ARTARC REF N367 .A78 1995 LIB USE ONLY
Critical dictionary of film and television theory
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .C75 2001 LIB USE ONLY
Encyclopedia of Film Themes, Settings and Series
REF DEPT STACKS PN1997.8 .A76 2001 LIB USE ONLY
Encyclopedia of Novels into Film
REF DEPT STACKS PN1997.85 .T54 1998 LIB USE ONLY
Film encyclopedia, 4th ed
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .K34 2001 LIB USE ONLY
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .S56 2000 LIB USE ONLY
Films by genre : 775 categories, styles, trends and movements defined
REF DEPT STACKS PN1998 .L63 1993 LIB USE ONLY
Glossary of Film / Video Terms, Kodak
IMDb Film Glossary
International dictionary of broadcasting and film
REF DEPT STACKS PN1990.4 .B64 2000
International film, television and video acronyms
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .I58 1993 LIB USE ONLY
International motion picture almanac
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993 .I55 latest volume LIB USE ONLY
International television and video almanac
REF DEPT STACKS HE8698 .I55 latest volume LIB USE ONLY
Language of cinema
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .J23 1998 LIB USE ONLY
Reel Women Pioneers Of The Cinema 1896 To The Present
REF DEPT STACKS PN1998.2 .A24 1991 LIB USE ONLY
Variety Power Players 2000 : movers and shakers, power brokers and career makers in Hollywood
REF DEPT STACKS PN1998.2 .V35 1999 LIB USE ONLY
Women's companion to international film
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .W6 1994 LIB USE ONLY
A. Using Chinook, do a keyword search using the name of the director (best) or do a title search using the film's title. Remember to use the book's index to look for information about a specific film.
B. To see if the Libraries has a media copy of a film do a title search in Chinook.
C. Searching in Chinook using the following terms may also be useful.
Try the following Subject Headings to find more material in the library:
The following are indexes to journals with film articles, reviews and news. Please remember, to find out if the Libraries own a specific journal, use Chinook and do a periodical title search.
Selected online indexes related to films
The most comprehensive index to academic articles, news and reviews on film is The Film Literature Index (see below).
In addition the following databases, available via Chinook, are generally arranged in order of usefulness. Under e-Resources, click on the A-Z List to locate the following.
Critical articles / reviews
Humanities Full Text CU
This database provides references for periodical information in the humanities subject area. Coverage: February 1984-present.
Expanded Academic ASAP CU
Expanded Academic Index includes abstracts, references, and full text articles from more than 1,500 scholarly, trade and general-interest publications. Coverage: 1980 - present.
Arts and Humanities Citation Index CU
Indexes articles, bibliographies, editorials, letters, reviews, and more from the world's leading arts and humanities journals. Coverage: 1980 to present.
MLA Directory of Periodicals CU
MLA International Bibliography is produced by the Modern Language Association. Index to articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from several thousand journals and series published worldwide. Coverage: 1963-present.
Art Full Text CU
Index of leading publications in the world of arts. Coverage: 1984-present.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature CU
Articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, conference proceedings, discographies, dissertations, ethnographic recordings. Festschriften, films, iconographies, and videos are all covered by RILM. Coverage: 1969 to present.
Popular reviews and news items
Readers' Guide CU
1983 - present
Reviews and articles in popular magazines.
* limit by Form Review
Late 1970(selective) - present
Full-text newspaper articles. For fullest coverage, choose guided search.
Full film reviews
Film Review Annual
1981 - present (1999 latest published)
REF INDEX PN1995 .F4593
New York Times Film Reviews
1913 - present (1999/2000 latest published)
REF INDEX PN 1995 N4
Variety Film Review
1907 - 1995/1996. The bound annual set concludes with this date, but we still receive the weekly and keep back issues on microfilm in the Media Library.
REF INDEX PN1995 .V34
Use Index to motion pictures reviewed by Variety, 1907-1980, by Max Joseph Alvarez. It is shelved by the Variety Film Review.
Printed indexes to reviews or articles on film
Film Review Index
v.1 1882 - 1949; v.2 1950 - 1985. Edited by Patricia King Hanson and Stephen Hanson.
REF DEPT STACKS PN1995 .F4594
It is recommended that you seek information from nationally recognized sources. These are selected sites providing access to information. Citing electronic information correctly is very important in research.
Voice of the Shuttle
A major academic resource for links to relevant websites. From the left-hand column, select Media studies, then Film/video. Using the search engine accesses other interesting areas.
Academic Info Film Studies
"An annotated directory of internet resources. The primary focus of this page is the critical study and appreciation of cinema in all its forms and functions."
"The internet's largest film and media directory." Includes popular, directory, and academic resources for all media forms.
"A librarian's choice of the best of the web." Useful notes on many of the numerous links listed.
Internet Movie Database -- IMDb
A commercial site crowded with advertisements, good for basic information on films to the present day.
Movie Review Query Engine
An excellent website with over 28,000 titles and over 250,000 reviews.
Though from the University of Alabama, this site's "... primary purpose is to facilitate the study of film/tv as opposed to some websites that take more of a fan's approach." Has a national approach.
U.S. National Film Registry
A directory of films Selected to The National Film Registry, Library of Congress
Women Make Movies
"Multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women."
Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers
"Established by a group of independent filmmakers to offer support and resources to independent artists."
Women in Film
"An organization to help women in the industry. Presents two awards, the Crystal and the Lucy."