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Finding and using online videos
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is Streaming Video?

Streaming video is a means of delivering video content to computer desktops via an Internet connection, without requiring any additional equipment for decoding or downloading. A host server delivers the file to the receiving computer. The host can be either local or remote. Multiple users can view the same video at the same time from different locations.

Streaming video differs from downloads in that no copy of the file is stored on the end-user’s computer, so files remain relatively secure.

Playback requires receiving computers to have appropriate software installed. Commonly used streaming frameworks include Windows Media, RealVideo, QuickTime, and Flash. Some streaming services provide files in the end-user’s choice of formats.

Because of the large file size for visual data streaming videos usually employ file compression. This compression usually negatively affects image quality when played full-screen or projected. Even with compression, effective use of streaming video requires a robust, high-speed internet connection. Dial-up connections generally are too slow to adequately deliver streaming videos.


The UI Libraries subscription to these resources includes permission for use in online and geographically limited classes. Most also allow you to make clips of specific sections of video.

  • Alexander Street Video  Icon
    Includes subsets for the following areas:
    American History, Area Studies, Art & Architecture, Business & Economics, Counseling & Therapy, Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Dance
    Education, Ethnic Studies, Ethnography, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Health, Humanities, Opera, Politics & Current Affairs, Psychology, Religion & Philosophy, Science, Theatre, Women's & Gender Studies, World History, World Language & Literature
  • BBC College of Journalism
    Includes 1,700 content pages, hundreds of videos, audio clips, discussion pages, and interactive modules covering every aspect of TV, radio, and online journalism. Much of the material features BBC TV reporters, anchors, and hosts known around the world. The subjects covered range from craft skills (such as writing or directing video) to subject briefings on critical events and topics such as climate change and the conflict in the Middle East, to the many ethical issues now facing journalists. The site is continuously updated, its coverage driven by the practical needs of BBC journalists around the world, as well as current events in the news.
  • JoVE
    Includes components Neuroscience and Immunology & Infectious Diseases. Online journal of visualized (video-based) biological research studies. This publication aims to solve some of the most difficult problems in the contemporary life science research: low transparency and reproducibility of biological experiments, time-consuming learning of experimental techniques….Video-based visualization of biological techniques and procedures provide an effective solution to the problem described
  • Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy  Icon
    A streaming video collection of the latest in research and best practice methods in the fields of counseling, mental health, and psychology. The collection features presentations from world-renowned researchers and clinicians. Much like traditional, text-based academic journals, The Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy will provide the most up-to-date content in counseling and psychology.
  • provides streaming access to a collection of psychotherapy, counseling, and addiction training videos. They also publish articles, interviews, blogs, and cartoons as free, additional educational resources; many of the therapists from the videos are also featured in interviews on this website.


Thanks to deg farrelly from Arizona State University for allowing us to use information from his LibGuide:

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