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This guide provides an overview of sociology resources and materials available through NYU Libraries.
60 Minutes: 1997-2014 contains streaming video episodes from the 60 Minutes CBS news broadcast show. Users can explore content by keyword, place, historical event, and time period, and can create compilations of clips to embed in other multimedia projects.
Users must create an account with Alexander Street Press to publish embedded clips.
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting is a digital video and audio archive, curated by the Library of Congress in collaboration with WGBH, and dedicated to preserving for posterity the most significant television and radio programs from the U.S. public broadcasting system from the 1960s to the present.
Anthropology Online brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over. Essential for study in the areas of politics, economics, history, psychology, environmental studies, religion, area studies, linguistics, and geography, the database will contain more than over 100,000 pages of full-text material at completion, including tens of thousands of pages of previously unpublished material from major archives.
Caribbean Studies in Video provides streaming video access to the archives the Banyan Production company of Trinidad and Tobago, the first producer of original television in the Caribbean beginning in the 1970s. Material include interviews with writers and cultural figures, documentaries, and theater, music, and dance performances.
Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement is a landmark online collection that fills a gap that is largely absent from the scholarly record, with a comprehensive and international set of resources to enrich study in a wide range of disciplines from media studies to philosophy. At completion, Disability in the Modern World will include 150,000 pages of primary sources, supporting materials, and archives, along with 125 hours of video. The content is important for teaching and research—not only in the growing disciplines of disability history and disability studies, but also in history, media, the arts, political science, education, and other areas where the contributions of the disability community are typically overlooked.
Docuseek2 is a collection of 1800 documentary films from the catalogues of Bullfrog Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, KimStim, the National Film Board of Canada, and Terra Nova Films.
Environmental Studies in Video is a collection of documentary films and other footage exploring environmental issues across the globe, with an emphasis on ethics, policy, economics, law, sociology, planning, and environmental science. Films included in the collection were produced from 1970 to the present.
Ethnographic Video Online is a resource for the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. The collection contains over 1,300 hours of video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork footage.
Fashion Studies Online: The Videofashion Library brings video capturing the many faces of fashion. It compiles nearly 40 years of worldwide fashion shows, designer profiles, documentary segments, and more into one online learning interface.
Food Studies Online includes visual, text, and video materials for food studies, including documentaries, over 5,000 pages of ephemeral materials from the turn of the century through the 1960s, menus from the New York Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library menu collections, and government documents related to food campaigns during WWII and to the US school lunch program.
The Global Environmental Justice Collection is a database containing 25 documentaries selected by faculty at Whittier College, Yale, Brandeis and NYU. The subjects range from the hidden costs of fast fashion in Asia and forest preservation in Tibet to inner-city environmental issues in the US. Together these films promote understanding of the link between environmental issues and human rights and they support the search for solutions to complex global problems.
The Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library, a collaboration between New York University Libraries and NYU's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, provides a venue for documenting the expression of social and political life through performance in the many cultures and political landscapes of the Americas.
Latin America in Video offers 400 documentaries from producers and filmmakers in Latin America, on subjects pertaining to a wide range of disciplines including cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, history, music, and religion.
LGBT Studies in Video is a collection of documentaries, filmed performances, interviews, archival footage, animation, and select feature films pertaining to the the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and to the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community.
Mass Incarceration and Prison Studies is part of the Global Issues Library, this curated database provides a study for students to investigate both crucial global trends in mass incarceration, and the detailed prison infrastructure of specific countries. The database is organized around a selection of key historical and contemporary events and themes, bringing together archival and reference materials, court cases, first-hand accounts, videos, Supreme Court audio files, research on rehabilitation, training materials and artistic works.
Meet the Press is an archive of every episode of the weekly NBC news show Meet the Press, which features interviews, panels, and debates about politics. Videos are available as streaming episodes, from 1947-present. Users can explore content by keyword, place, historical event, and time period, and can create compilations of clips to embed in other multimedia projects.
Users must create an account with Alexander Street Press to publish embedded clips.
New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-present is a collection selected from the catalogues of independent distributors Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and Global Lens.
The Paley Center Seminars is a video collection of interviews with celebrities, television crews, and distinguished panels. It includes filmed seminars featuring lively discussions with the leading names in media discussing the creative process, contemporary issues in production, and issues such as the impact of the media on contemporary society.
SAGE Video contains streaming video collections in the social sciences, created for use across higher education. SAGE Video combines originally commissioned material with licensed videos in the areas of Education, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies, and Counseling and Psychotherapy.
The Visual History Archive, an online portal from the USC Shoah Foundation, includes over 54,000 audiovisual testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocides. The testimonies were conducted in 62 countries and in 41 languages. The VHA includes testimonies covering the:
European Holocaust, 1939-1945;
Armenian Genocide, 1915-1923;
Cambodian Genocide, 1975-1979;
Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, 1994; and
Nanjing Massacre, 1937-1938.
Please see our guide if you are a member of the public interested in using the VHA: https://guides.nyu.edu/vha
Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda: This collection of films from the communist world reveals war, history, current affairs, culture and society as seen through the socialist lens. It spans most of the twentieth century and covers countries such as the USSR, Vietnam, China, Korea, much of Eastern Europe, the GDR, Britain and Cuba.
The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is a searchable collection of the individual network evening news broadcasts from ABC, NBC, and CBS from 1968-present, CNN from 1995-present, and Fox from 2004-present. Broadcasts from CNN and NBC can be streamed; broadcasts from all sources, including ABC, CBS, and Fox, can be loaned and downloaded in MP4 format after creating an account and paying a nominal duplication fee ($12 per clip + a $10 processing fee).
World History in Video is a wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries allowing researchers to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. The video content covers Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.