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Journalism - Finding and Using Images, Maps, Video & Audio: Video Collections

Tips & links to help with citing and locating media. Also contains resources for understanding copyright and fair use of media

MU Libraries' Video Databases


  • NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)Anyone can useNTRS provides access to approximately 500K aerospace related citations, 90K full-text online documents, and 111K images and videos. The type of information found in NTRS include: conference papers, images, journal articles, photos, meeting papers, movies, patents, research reports, and technical videos.

Video Available on the Web

Creative Commons & Public Domain Video Resources
  • Creative Commons Video Creative Commons licensed video media compiled from the video blog at
  • Wikimedia Commons  "A database of 10,265,274 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute." Provides public domain and freely-licensed content -- also includes images and sound clips.
Some Videos May Have Creative Commons Licenses Attached
  • Videvo offers free stock videos and motion graphics for use in any project.  You may use these video clips free of charge in both personal and commercial productions.  Video clips that carry the Creative Commons 3.0 license must attribute the original auto
  • YouTube hosts user-generated video.
  • Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive  Internet Archive's library of free movies, films, animations, and videos. Look for the Creative Commons License to see if/how you can use the media.
Always look for "Terms of Use," "Legal," or copyright statement on any database to make sure that your use is acceptable.

Fee-Based Stock Video Collection

  • is a fee-based collection of stock and news footage.
  • The Videvo Plus subscription gives you access to 20,000 additional stock footage clips, extended licensing on existing free content, and higher quality downloads. The Videvo Pro subscription gives you access to everything in the Plus account, and access to 100,000 sound effects and music tracks.

How Can I Use MU Restricted Videos?

Videos in MU licensed databases may be restricted to:

  • Student projects and presentations.
  • Faculty classroom presentations.
  • Online courses restricted to MU students only.

Videos cannot be used, without permission from the vendor, for:

  • Open websites or projects posted on the open web.
  • Commercial or for-profit projects or products.
  • Faculty publications.
  • Public distribution.

Always look for "Terms of Use," "Legal," or copyright statement on any database to make sure that your use is acceptable.

Can I Use that Picture?