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Multimedia, Documentaries & Streaming Video
Monash University Library has online and physical collections of films, documentaries, TV shows, music, and more for you to use in your study and research.
Monash Library Music and Multimedia Collection
The Music and Multimedia Collection contains information in a range of formats: music scores, CDs, vinyl record, 78rpm, cassette tape, DVDs, video tapes, CD-ROMs, microfilms, microfiche and kits. Collection items can be viewed and listened to in the library, using the multimedia equipment available, or borrowed for study or home use.
DVDs and music items are located on Level 1 of the Matheson Library, and can be most easily found by using Monash Library Search to find a Call Number:
Using video content from the web
NOTE: While there is lots of streaming content freely available on the web, not all of it will be of appropriate academic quality to use in an assessment. Evaluate your resources carefully!
Streaming Documentaries & Film Collections
Thousands of major motion pictures, genre films, documentaries and recorded interviews are available in our streaming collections below.
Alexander Street Press Videos (ASP)
Alexander Street publishes curated, discipline-focused, primary-source collections, websites, and streaming media for learning and research.
BBC Video Collection
Alexander Street’s BBC Video Collection combines 700 of our most-viewed BBC films. Viewers can explore relevant, timely documentaries on topics that span multiple subjects, such as history, anthropology, science, religion, health sciences, art, and more.
Meticulously curated by film experts and leading academics to showcase meaningful documentaries of social, political and cultural importance by some of the world’s top international filmmakers.
Informit Edu TV
With over 30,000 programs and growing, Informit EduTV provides content across a range of learning areas. As well as documentaries, Informit EduTV includes programs broadcast on pay TV channels such as The History Channel, National Geographic, BBC Knowledge and Discovery.
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service that provides 12 million students and faculty with access to more than 26,000 films each year, including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation and more.
Make sure to check out our tips for creating clips from streaming video.
For more streaming video, head to the Multimedia Resources Guide.
Alexander Street Press This portal provides access to many of Monash University library's Alexander Street Press collections on a single cross-searchable platform. Video, audio, and text covering a wide variety of subject matters are included. In addition to contemporary sources, this database contains significant amounts of primary sources. Users can also select to search a single collection by using the dropdown menu at the top of the homepage. Additional tools let users make custom clips, create playlists, see synchronized scrolling transcripts, share clips and playlists, view and copy clips and playlists already created, see a visual table of contents of the video for easy navigation, and other tools.
Berliner Philharmoniker digital concert hall While on campus, click the Sign Up option. Fill out your details to register, then Log in. You can now access this resource on or off campus.
The Digital Concert Hall is the virtual concert venue of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the Internet. Here you can experience the orchestra performing live at the Philharmonie in Berlin in more than 30 broadcasts every year. Database includes live streams, concerts, movies and interviews.
Dance in video Searchable database containing streaming video files of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. Videos can be browsed by people, role, ensemble, genre, and venue. Material types include documentaries, editorials, instructional, interviews, and performances. Database users may create their own custom playlists and video clips.
Digital theatre plus : the best of British theatre in your classroom. Provides online access to a digital streaming video collection of unique films of current, leading British theatre productions. Includes behind-the-scenes documentaries as well as teaching and learning resources to facilitate a deeper understanding of the productions and texts. Learning resources include a detailed introduction, plot summary, character biographies, a relationship map, language analysis, scene study, performance background and historical context for each play. Updates vary.
Drama online Includes full texts of plays from across the history of the theatre, ranging from Aeschylus to the present day. Includes non-English-language works in translation, scholarly and critical editions, first night program texts, and critical analysis and contextual information. Critical interpretations, theatre history surveys and major reference works on authors, movements, practitioners, periods and genres are included alongside performance and practitioner texts, acting and backstage guides. Streaming video collections within this database include: 1.Globe on screen; 2. Stage on screen; 3. Acting masterclass with Patsy Rodenburg; 4. Maxine Peake's Hamlet. Also includes the Nick Hern books collection - almost 400 titles from specialist theatre publisher, Nick Hern.
Collections added in 2018: RSC live, and Hollow Crown (filmed performances of Shakespeare) and Critical studies and performance practice (ebooks)
Ethnographic video online This databaseis is intended to be a visual encyclopedia of human behavior and culture, online in streaming video. It contains classic and contemporary documentaries; previously unpublished footage from working anthropologists and ethnographers in the field; and select feature films. It includes footage from every continent and hundreds of unique cultures. Thematic areas include: language and culture, kinesthetics, body language, food and foraging, cooking, economic systems, social stratification and status, caste systems and slavery, male and female roles, kinship and families, political organization, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, music and the arts, culture and personality, and sex, gender, and family roles.
medici.tv medici.tv is a collection of 1500+ classical music videos: concerts, operas, ballets, archives, documentaries, artist profiles and educational programmes, among others... Each year, several hundred new programmes are added ... films about the current music scene, archives from the 1950s, etc.
Opera in video Opera in Video presents a collection of streaming video performances of the most commonly studied operas and covers the full range of operatic composition, from the Baroque to the 20th century. Selections represent the world's best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work's importance in the world of opera.
Routledge performance archive The Routledge Performance Archive is a developing resource produced in partnership with Digital Theatre, providing unique access to an unprecedented range of audio-visual material from past and present practitioners of performance ... The video material spans more than fifty years of documented work direct from renowned practitioners and specialists, and ranges across the entire spectrum of theatre topics.
Included ... are interviews with key figures in theatre history and contemporary practice; masterclasses with specialist actor trainers from around the world; unique footage direct from the legendary practitioners themselves; excerpted and full-length contemporary productions; and documentaries previously unavailable to global audiences. The fully searchable and cross-referenced content will be updated each quarter, with exciting additions coming soon from the Victoria & Albert Museum's National Video Archive of Performance Recordings, and the British Library's Experimental Theatre and Live Art Collection.
Theatre in video From the most important productions of Shakespeare to rare in-depth footage focusing on the work of Samuel Beckett, Theatre in Video, when complete, will offer more than 500 hours of online streaming video, available electronically for the first time. With live television broadcasts of New York productions from the '50s, revivals of classic works and experimental performances from the '60s and '70s, as well as important contemporary performances, Theatre in Video covers a wide range of 20th century theatre history. Unlike Hollywood adaptations, these are the actual original productions, captured and recorded while performed for a live theatre audience. The collection aims to begin in the 1930s and will progress through the 20th century with videos covering the work of the Group Theater and Bertolt Brecht's Berliner Ensemble.
Photo & Image Resources
Monash University Library has photo and image resources free for use to staff and students.
The Monash Digital Images Library Guide is an excellent resource that provides links to multiple image databases and resources to help you find, cite and use digital images in your scholarly work.