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Online Media Resources

Media includes the communication and dissemination of news, entertainment, data and educational information. Digital media sources at ASU include images, streaming video, and recordings including music and text. This section provides links to some of the major media resources available through ASU and to Library Guides with specialized information about the different genres. 

Streaming Video Links

ASU Library provides access to several video streaming services. Below are the different databases and information on the types of videos they carry. This Streaming Video Library Guide provides more basic information on streaming video resources available at Arizona State University.

  • Films on Demand: Digital Educational Video: A comprehensive collection of high-quality educational videos licensed from a long-established educational media distributor. Thousands of videos cover a wide range of topics organized into multiple broad subjects. These subjects are then further divided into narrower subjects. 
  • Filmakers Library Online: A well-known and highly respected distributor of issues-based documentaries. The titles in the collection cross nearly all academic disciplines and educate students and researchers on critical and thought-provoking issues, figures, and cultures.
  • Ambrose Digital Streaming Video: Has over 700 Educational videos in our collection, including timely science and history topics. 
  • Duke University Libraries: Builds distinctive digital collections that provide access to Duke's unique library and archival materials for teaching, learning, and research at Duke and worldwide.
  • Kanopy: ASU Library currently provides access to over 350 Kanopy titles, including documentaries, feature and independent films, and training videos. Kanopy provides customizable functions including permalinks, captioning, transcription, and clip/playlist creation tools.


Listed here are several of the major digital resources available to ASU Students. For in-depth information about music resources consult the Music-Online Resources Library Guide which provides basic information on digital resources available at Arizona State University and open access collections on the Internet.

  • AlexanderStreet American Music: Provides a suite of online audio recordings to support the teaching of American musical traditions including country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, R&B, and shape-note singing.
  • DRAM Database of Recorded American Music: A scholarly resource of recordings, including CD quality audio, liner notes, and essays from New World, Composers Recordings, and other important labels.
  • Naxos Music Library: The world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 143,000 CDs with more than 2,223,000 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 600 new CDs are added to the library every month.


In addition to film streaming services and music, you also have access to images. These can be for browsing, or for use in a project or presentation.

  • Creative Commons Media Search: A tool that allows openly licensed and public domain works to be discovered and used by everyone. Includes Flickr, Google Images, Open Clip Art Library, and more.
  • AP Photo Digital Archive: Associated Press Image Collection through EBSCOhost provides access to a wide range of images and videos.
  • ARTstor: Provides faculty and students with a complete image resource in a wide array of subjects with the breadth and depth to add context and examine influences beyond the confines of your discipline. See the Using ARTstor Library Guide for more information.  

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