Resource Spotlight: American History in Video

14 Feb
Newton Free Library now subscribes to a database called American History in Video.  This collection of online film allows researchers to analyze historical events and their presentation over time.  It contains commercial and governmental newsreels, never-before-published archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. The current database release now provides 5,741 titles, equaling approximately 1450 hours.  Many of these videos are primary sources.  A great feature is the searchable transcripts which are integrated with the video. The entire database can be searched by keyword, subject, name, historical era, and more.  One especially useful feature is the ability of users to create annotatable “Playlists”: you can put together, using the database’s dedicated video-editing tool, video clips from many sources.  A static URL is then created for the Playlist, which is shareable with other people.

This database is available not only on Newton Free Library computers, but also remotely in one’s home or school as long as the user has a Newton library card (with a number beginning 21323…) and a Newton residence.


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