Film & Video for classroom & more

January 22nd, 2018 by Debbie Benrubi Leave a reply »

Twenty years ago, students and faculty relied almost exclusively on text-based resources, but these days, people increasingly turn to video content for learning and teaching.

Besides a wealth of educational, how-to, and documentary films and video clips available,  fiction films let us travel through time to explore how people looked, dressed, spoke, worked and played in the past, and how cities and landscapes have evolved.

Millions of videos and clips are available on free platforms like YouTube, but the content is of inconsistent quality, sometimes pirated and subject to removal.

YouTube is the second most visited website in the world, but the content is of varying quality, sometimes pirated and subject to removal from the platform.
YouTube is one of the most visited websites in the world, but the content is often of poor quality and subject to removal.

Fortunately Gleeson Library provides thousands of videos and clips that support USF coursework, all available to the campus community. (MyUSF logins are required for streaming video if you’re off-campus.)

You’ll find our available video collections listed here. To see the scope of the video collections, try searching the catalog by genre <Documentary films> or <Feature films>. Some DVDs and even VHS are included, as there are still thousands of titles not available in streaming video.

Just a few of the key streaming video collections held at Gleeson Library are:

Films on Demand delivers more than 27,000 titles in a wide variety of subjects ideal for students and faculty.

MEF The Remote Control video imageMedia Education Foundation collection is particularly strong in representations of gender and race, identity and culture, consumerism, and globalization.

Filmakers Library Online provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum.

Dance Online: Dance in Video and Music Online: OpWitnessera in Video contain hundreds of hours of performances and documentaries by the world’s most influential performers and companies.

Art and Architecture in Video delivers over 500 hours of documentaries and interviews illustrating theory and practice, and providing the context necessary for critical analysis.


Asian Film Online offers a view of Asian culture as seen through the lens of independent Asian filmmakers.

For information on using copyrighted film in classroom and distance learning/online teaching, please see the Copyright and Teaching guide.



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