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Streaming Video Resources: Open Access Streaming Video

Information on finding and using streaming video

Browse the following sites to find open access streaming video. Please note that some of these resources offer subscription content in addition to open content.

Collection of American public radio and television content dating back to the 1950s.

"CONCENTRIC MEDIA is an independent media production company. Our films document stories of individuals and communities working toward social justice, human rights and personal growth."

"Published at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, Ensia is a solutions-focused nonprofit media outlet reporting on our changing planet. [Ensia's] mission is to motivate and empower people around the world to create a more sustainable future by sharing stories and igniting conversations across sectors, geographies, ideologies and disciplines."

"A National Preserve of American Folklore Films. Folkstreams' mission is to find, preserve, contextualize, and stream documentary films on American folklife...These documentaries focus on the culture, struggles, and arts of unnoticed Americans from many different kinds of communities."

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
Limit by material type and search for titles.

"Search millions of items in many formats and languages. Explore a growing treasury of digitized materials."

Since 1888, the non-profit National Geographic Society has been dedicated to exploration, education, and conservation. Quality, free-of-charge video content includes geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation., the National Film Board of Canada's award-winning online Screening Room, features over 3,000 productions. Films on this site can be streamed free of charge, or downloaded for your personal use for a small fee. The Collection includes documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works. showcases films that take a stand on issues of global importance that matter to Canadians—stories about the environment, human rights, international conflict, the arts and more. There is also a selection of animated films for both adults and children from talented filmmakers such as Cordell Barker, Chris Landreth, Ryan Larkin, Richard Condie, Ishu Patel, Caroline Leaf, and others.

Online viewing for many of PBS's educational programs.

Videos on a variety of content including arts and culture, history, science, and technology.

Ted-Ed allows you to build a lesson around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video. There is also a library of lessons, many of which represent collaborations between educators and animators.

"TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less)."

Videos, instructional and otherwise. Note that some Vimeo content is available by purchase only.

"YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos." Note that some YouTube content is available via subscription only.

"Here you will find Learning Playlists, which organize content into chapters and are designed to facilitate focused study, YouTube Learning Originals to spark your curiosity, and curated playlists ranging in subjects from physics to film making.”

YouTube offers options to filter your searches to Creative Commons Licenses, as well as locate videos that provide closed captions. Learn more about Creative Commons Licenses, Fair Use Guidelines, and OER best practices by visiting the library's LibGuide on Open Educational Resources.

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