Yes, we all know about YouTube, but these research-focused databases offer access to current and historic TV news clips. Whether you are looking for a recent interview on cable news, or looking to use b-roll for a news documentary, these resources can be incredibly valuable.
You may search for films in a number of formats owned by the UMass Amherst Library or Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke and Smith Colleges, in the 5 College Library Catalog. You can search by title, subject, or author (the director is listed as the author). Use the advanced search to limit the format to "DVDs, VIDEOS, FILMS, & SLIDES." Students may borrow the library's films for three days or view them in the Media area on the 6th floor whenever the Library is open. If your instructor has placed his or her own copy of a film on Reserve, ask for it at the circulation desk in the Learning Commons.
UMass Amherst students can also borrow films in person from the Four Colleges for three days. Staff and faculty can borrow films for five days.
Known as "Netflix for Academia", Kanopy offers free streaming documentaries, foreign films, Criterion Collection films, and more. It also hosts the entire Media Education Foundation video library of cultural criticism documentaries as well as the DEFA Film Library (selected films from the comprehensive UMass Amherst collection of East German cinema). It's free for all UMass students, and staff and you can set up an account to create a queue.
Film Platform is an innovative collaboration between some of the leading filmmakers and sales agents around the world to bring the finest streaming collection of documentary films to an academic audience
Docuseek2 streams essential social-issue and environmental documentaries to colleges and universities, providing exclusive access to content from Bullfrog Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, the National Film Board of Canada, MediaStorm, KimStim, Scorpion TV, and Terra Nova Films.
American Archive of Public Broadcasting
A collection of archival materials from the history of public television in the U.S. Includes archival audio and video material from PBS, NPR and their predecessors.
Library of Congress Audio-Visual Collections
Hundreds of moving image and audio collections. Many are available online.