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Multimedia: Video Resources

Videos in the Library

Milner's DVD collection is located in the multimedia center on Floor 2. VHS tapes are located in storage, but you can request them through the catalog. In the item record, click on "Request Item," log in to your VuFind account, and submit your request. You'll get an e-mail when the VHS tape is ready for you, and you can pick it up at the circulation desk.

DVDs are organized by Library of Congress call numbers, just like the books, and their call numbers begin with "Video DVD." VHS tapes have call numbers that start with VHS or VC. Both DVD and VHS formats show up in the catalog if you search for films or videos, so be sure to look at the call number to help you distinguish between the two formats.

Video Desktop Software in Milner Library

Available on the Macs in the computer lab on Floor 2.

Online Video Resources - Viewing

This list describes free streaming video resources on the Internet. For information about Milner's subscription databases for streaming video, visit the Streaming Media Resources section of this guide.

Free access to public domain films.

Annenberg Learner
Educational video programs with accompanying Web and print materials. The collection is intended to help teachers increase their expertise in the subjects they teach and the teaching methods they use. Many programs in the collection are also intended for classroom use.

Free streaming of popular programs like Mythbusters and Man Vs. Wild. Full episodes, limited-time availability.

Founders Day Videos (Illinois State University History)
This set includes 12 videos that collectively document the history of Illinois State University.  Videos were produced by Illinois State University, Instructional Technology Services and Eye to Eye Productions.  These videos were introduced at the annual Founders Day celebration in February.

The Lannan Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities.  The site provides access to 15 years of audio and video recordings from live events and interviews with notable authors, scholars, and activists.  The site also provides @450 brief biographies.  There are separate search interfaces for biographies, audio files, and videos.  More recordings are included on the foundations podcast site, which is available for subscription via iTunes.

Over 600,000 free movies, videos, and films for download.
Free streaming of popular programs. Full episodes, limited-time availability.

Online Video Resources - Editing/Digital Media Projects

Video Creation - Cloud Tools

Create video slideshows with background music and text online, easily and for free (with restrictions).
Make and share videos online -- easy to use and similar layout to iMovie.

Video Editing - Online

Upload your vids to YouTube and edit them right in the browser.
Video Toolbox
Processes videos up to 600 MB.

Annotating Videos


Web-based, easy-to-use annotation tool from the University of Minnesota. Sign in using Facebook or Google, if you wish. Great for annotating YouTube videos.


Annotate video in the cloud by uploading your own, grabbing a URL from YouTube, or choosing one from their library. Invite a private or public group to add comments, and you can use polls and surveys to stimulate conversation on the video. Share the video's URL or embed the code in a website.

Films and Foreign Languages

Search for movie-specific terms in foreign languages.