Not OER, But...

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Free for UA course use

The following resources don't qualify as open educational resources (OER) due to licensing restrictions, but subscriptions purchased by the UA Libraries make them available for free use by UA faculty, students, researchers, and staff. Off-campus users will need to log in with a UA NetID and password. UA visitors may also access these databases by signing up for a free Computer Card and using the Main Library Tier 5 computers (see the library’s Computer Use Polices for visitors). Copyright restrictions vary from database to database.

Image resources from the UA Libraries

  • AP Images: From the archives of the Associated Press, this database contains millions of images and graphics from entertainment, sports, news, and lifestyles. It covers from the mid-1800s to the present.
  • Artstor: This digital library features more than 1.8 million high-quality images for education and research. It covers many time periods and cultures in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Oxford Art Online: For research in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences, this database includes nearly 7,000 searchable images from sources such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as 40,000 editorially selected image links to museums and galleries. Access is limited to 5 simultaneous users (so try again later if you have trouble accessing it).
  • WGSN Fashion Trend Forecasting & Analysis: This database is valuable for researching design, retailing, and marketing trends. It tracks fashion, interior design, arts and culture, color, consumer behavior, textiles, and everything in between.
  • Vogue Archive: This archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (U.S. edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month. Use the Document Type facet to search for advertisements, covers, and photo shoots. Use the Document Feature facet to search for illustrations, logos, photographs, and more. With the drop-down menu to the right of the search box, you can limit searches by company/brand, designer name, or fashion item.

Also see the UA Libraries’ help page on Images and best practices for image use.


Image resources from other websites


Video and audio from the UA Libraries

See Copyright Considerations for Streaming Video in UA Courses.

  • American History in Video: Videos on American history include commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and documentaries.
  • AP Images: Contains entertainment, sports, news and lifestyle videos from the archives of the Associated Press. It covers from the mid-1800s to the present.
  • BBC Shakespeare Plays: Performances by Britain's most distinguished theatrical talents, including John Gielgud, Ben Kingsley, Patrick Stewart, Claire Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Michael York, and Derek Jacobi.
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video: Therapy sessions, lectures, interviews and consultations for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling.
  • Dance in Video: Online streaming video of nearly 500 dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. It covers jazz, contemporary dance, experimental, and improvisational dance as well as ballet and tap.
  • Docuseek2: Over 600 documentaries and social issues films.
  • Ethnographic Video Online: Over 800 videos including classic and contemporary documentaries, previously unpublished footage from working anthropologists and ethnographers, and indigenous media.
  • Filmakers Library Online: Over 1,000 award-winning documentaries on a wide range of topics.
  • Films on Demand: These films cover a wide range of subject areas, including the arts, history, science, technology, engineering, math, business, health & medicine, criminal justice & law, psychology, philosophy, religion, political science, and world languages. There are also archival films and newsreels. Transcripts accompany the videos.
  • Henry Stewart Talks: Online talks by leading experts in business, management, marketing, finance, and more.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video: More than 13,000 videos on a wide variety of subjects.
  • Media Education Foundation Films: Includes more than 130 streaming documentary films about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media, especially in relation to gender, race, class, health, and consumerism.
  • Music Online: Offers streaming audio and video in classical music, dance, opera, jazz, popular music, and world music. All time periods.
  • Opera in Video: Offers access to nearly 300 of the world's best opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.
  • Theater in Video: More than 350 full-length plays and documentaries.
  • Vanderbilt Television News Archive: The collection spans presidential administrations from Lyndon B. Johnson to Barack Obama. It includes evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC (since 1968), an hour per day of CNN (since 1995), and Fox News (since 2004). It also includes broadcasts of political conventions, presidential speeches and press conferences, Watergate hearings, coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the events of September 11, 2001, the War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq.

Also see the UA Libraries’ help pages on Finding Films, Videos & DVDsFinding Sound Recordings, and Mexican-American Studies Sound Recordings in the UA Librares.


Video and audio from other websites

  • Newsreel archive British Pathé uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel in April. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage of major events (the Titanic, the Hindenburg, Hiroshima), famous faces, inventions, fashion trends, travel, sports, and culture.
  • The National Science Foundation gallery features videos and audio.


Video streaming service

Video streaming is a free service from the UA Libraries that allows UA faculty and instructors to request visual material to be streamed for course-related use. If you'd like a video to be streamed by the UA Libraries, please submit a request. Once your request is processed, the library will add the streaming video directly to the D2L course page through the Panopto system (UA Tools > Panopto). Students can then access the videos from any device, on and off campus. Non-copyright materials can be requested through the Office of Instruction and Assessment.


Music resources from the UA Libraries

  • Classical Music Library: Includes nearly 100,000 tracks of recordings of music in a variety of genres for listening, browsing, and searching.
  • Music Online: Offers streaming audio and video in classical music, dance, opera, jazz, popular music, and world music. All time periods.
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online: Covers world music and ethnomusicology. Contains over 9,000 pages of text written by 700 expert contributors worldwide. Includes audio examples, musical illustrations, photographs and drawings, song texts, and score examples, in addition to charts and maps of the world's regions.
  • Naxos Music Library: Naxos Music Library is an audio streaming music service that provides access to recordings, (many from independent labels), in classical music, jazz, world music, classic rock, and nostalgia music, and includes music notes, cover artwork, tracklists, instrumentation and publisher information as well as opera libretti and synospses and composer and performer biographies.
  • Oxford Music Online: Provides cross-searchable access to all the contents of Grove Music Online (formerly the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera), the Oxford Companion to Music, the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound: An audio streaming service that provides access to thousands of recordings in a variety of genres and languages from around the globe.
  • Southwest Folklore Collection : Music & Sound Recordings in the University of Arizona Library

Also see the UA Libraries’ help pages on Finding Sound Recordings and Scores and Musical Recordings in the UA Libraries.


Map resources from the UA Libraries

Also see the UA Libraries’ help page on Finding Maps.