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Streaming collections


[listed on the music research guide, under audio]


[listed below in alphabetical order]

Note: Video collections leased from Alexander Street Press (ASP) and Films on Demand provide keyword searching on synchronized transcripts, and permit the creation and sharing of excerpts.

Alexander Street Press (ASP) Film Platform

American History in Video

The content is drawn from commercial, public affairs, and government sources as well as from archives. Includes complete newsreel sets as well as famous documentaries that chronicle significant events and profile well-known individuals.

Counselling and Therapy in Video, Volume 1

More than 400 hours of training videos, reenactments, and footage of actual therapy sessions conducted by renowned counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.

Ethnographic Video Online Volumes 1 and 2

Draws on the international collection of well-respected distributor, Documentary Education Resources.  Gives online access to classic and contemporary works by influential anthropologists. A special feature is previously unpublished footage from working ethnographers in the field.

Music Online Video

Brings three collections together under one portal: Classic Music in Video contains 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses; Dance in Video, Volume 1 and Dance in Video, Volume 2 provide examples of historical and contemporary performances in ballet, jazz, modern, and experimental dance featuring well- known choreographers and companies; Opera in Video offers more than 250 staged productions, supplemented with interviews, and documentaries about opera.

Nursing Education in Video

Gives access to highly technical procedures and patient interactions through more than 300 full-length training videos sourced from Medcom-Trainex.

Theatre in Video

Presents more than 250 of the world’s most important plays, together with more than 100 video documentaries. A special feature is the complete set of BBC Shakespeare plays.

American Memory Project (Library of Congress)

Gateway to primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States, organized into thematic collections. Includes early cinema classics like Edison's Gay Shoe ClerkThe Great Train Robbery and The Kiss as well as early animation and vaudeville performances.

Audio Ciné Films

A collection of about 800 streaming versions of feature films from major Hollywood and international distributors.

Criterion on Demand

Selection of classic and contemporary feature films and documentaries based on academic viewing requirements.

Note that this collection should not be confused with the Criterion Collection, much of which is available to individual subscribers only through the Criterion Channel.

Curio (CBC Online)

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's online platform of radio and television content offers a mixture of new and previously broadcast documentaries, weekly shows, news reports and archival materials..


York has licences for a select number of documentaries on the platform, and they are catalogued and listed in Omni. But the Docuseek platform can be searched for further exploration

Films on Demand: Business and Economics

Gives access to more than 1500 titles, providing practical and theoretical information about business education, business ethics, human resources management, finance, and marketing. Its global perspective is of special note.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive

Video excerpts of performances dating back to the 1930's, taken from the archive of this famous dance festival. Access is by artist, genre and era, and the results can be shared


A multidisciplinary collection from well-respected educational distributors. Includes titles from California Newsreel, DEFA (East German feature films), First Run Features, Janus/Criterion Classics, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, Michael Blackwood, PBS, Roland Films on Art, Seventh Arts Releasing, and many others. Titles are not found in Omni and have time-limited licences.

National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

A bilingual collection that features more than 3200 complete NFB productions on Canadian topics. A mixture of classics and brand new releases in animation, documentary, experimental, and fiction film, with monthly updates.

PsycTherapy (APA)

Provides access to more than 500 productions by the American Psychology Association featuring therapy demonstrations by well-known specialists in the field working with families, couples and individuals.

Sage Video

Educational video across key social, behavioural, and health science disciplines. Videos are fully citeable with searchable transcripts, custom clip creation, embedding, and include other video player features that make implementing video into the classroom and for independent use, user-friendly and easily accessible.