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Video in the (Virtual) Classroom

Options for providing video in face to face or online instruction.

Online Video and DVDs from the Libraries

Videos provided by the University Libraries can be found in the MERLIN catalog.
The expiration date for video licenses is noted in the catalog record.

Some of the databases provided by the Libraries also include video content.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library, our local public library, provides streaming video (as well as DVDs) for card-holders.
Students away from Columbia should also check their local public libraries for video options.

Video from Personal Streaming Services

The streaming video market is geared toward individual subscription and rental services. Students may already have access to these via a family or individual subscription or may be able to access these at a student rate or through short-term trial.

JustWatch and ReelGood are services for finding what is streaming where. Each has gaps in coverage, so it's good to search both.

Guide to streaming video sources.

Freely Available Video

Not all freely available video is legally freely available: be careful to reuse, repost, or link to video content that is not infringing copyright.

Video in the public domain can be freely used. The original copyright may have expired, or it may be a publication of the federal government.
Sources to find public domain video:

Video with a Creative Commons license has been proactively licensed for use of specific types or under specific conditions. Be sure to check the terms of the license.

Sources to find CC licensed video:

  • Vimeo
  • YouTube. Include , creativecommons in your search or use the filter to limit search results to Creative Commons licensed items. The license information appears below the video.
  • The Moving Image Archive. Include "creative commons" in a metadata search to limit to CC licensed materials.
  • Flickr video commons search. Click on "attribution" to limit to different types of license.