Streaming Film & Music Databases

Recommended Databases

Provides streaming access to films from twenty-four countries. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

View BBC productions of William Shakespeare's 37 plays delivered via streaming and downloadable media files. The plays can be viewed in full or in act length segments. Closed captions are available.

Consists of the archive of the British Pathe news corporation from 1896 to 1970. The archive covers history, social history, sports, news, and entertainment. Closed captions are not available.

The C-Span Video Library is comprised of streaming videos with indexing and brief descriptions. Closed captions are available.

Offers videos for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. Includes counseling sessions and demonstrations, consultations, lectures, presentations, and interviews. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Includes dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies from the 1950s to the present. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Provides access to academic or scholarly documentaries, social issues films, and videos. Closed captions and/or subtitles available for many, but not all, titles.

Comprised of streaming videos of live teaching on various educational topics. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Provides videos on the visual study of human culture and behavior. Contains classic and contemporary documentaries produced by leading video producers in anthropology. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Maintains a collection of streaming videos, educational films, and video segments in the humanities & social sciences, business & economics, science & mathematics, health & medicine, technical education, family & consumer sciences, careers & job searching, and guidance & counseling. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Provides a free digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Closed captions are not available.

Maintains a peer reviewed, PubMed-indexed journal that publishes biological, medical, chemical, and physical research in a video format. Closed captions and transcripts are available for Science Education collections only.

Provides streaming access to numerous documentaries and films including selections from the Criterion Collection. Closed captions and transcripts are available.

A video classical music concert service, Medici.tv offers streaming programs from Video on Demand. Offers filmed concerts, an archive of movies on dance and opera, documentaries on performers and composers as well as educational programs and master classes. Presents free live concerts, operas, and ballets that are available for a limited time. Subtitles are available for some titles.

Maintains a comprehensive online collection of jazz recordings by renowned artists, performances, and record labels. Closed captions are not available.

Features important opera performances, captured on streaming video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Contains CDs and tracks of music reflecting the standard as well as specialized repertoire. Music is available from leading independent labels. Includes opera synopses and libretti as well as composer and artist biographies. Subtitles are available for some titles.

Provides films and series curated from PBS created content. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Contains streaming online titles in an expanding collection of silent films tha represent the foundation of modern cinematic technique and film theory. Curated by Alexander Street’s editors and Video Advisory Board, the collection covers silent feature films, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.

Symptom Media is an online mental health education and training film library. These DSM 5 and ICD guided films offer guideposts to better understand what a particular mental health diagnosis looks like. Closed captions are available.

Archives individual network evening news broadcasts from the major US national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. Includes special news-related programming such as ABC's Nightline since 1989. Closed captions are not available.

Features videos and  full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century. Closed captions and/or interactive transcripts are available for many, but not all, titles.