Videos: Alliant’s Moving Images

This week’s showing of the Academy Awards got me thinking about Alliant’s extensive video collection. In addition to a multitude of videos on psychology, there is a fine collection of DVDs and VHS tapes on such varied subjects as art, biography, business, education, history, language, life/health and physical sciences, along with some good old-fashioned entertainment and a dash of kid-friendly fare.

From the library’s homepage, you can find video titles in our catalog by going to “Research” and clicking Special Collections. From there, scroll to “Video and DVD Collection by campus” and choose either your home campus or All Locations (most videos can be requested and sent to your home campus).

In keeping with the Academy awards theme, we have a host of Oscar winning films, including: The Aviator (winner of five), Boys don’t Cry (Academy Award Best Actress, Hilary Swank), Brokeback Mountain (winner of three, including Best Director), Crash (Oscar, Best Picture), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon = Wo Hu Zang Long (four Oscars, including Best Foreign Language Film), Defending Our Lives (Short Documentary, 1993), The Killing Fields (three Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor, Haing S. Ngo), King Gimp (Best Documentary Short, 1999), The King’s Speech (several awards, including Best Picture and Actor, Colin Firth), Music by Prudence (Best Documentary, Short Subjects, 2010), and Trevor (Academy Award winner for Best Live Action Short, 1994).

Other award winning films that didn’t make the Oscar cut include: The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed movie, Amores Perros (BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, 2002); the Peabody Award winning history of the representation of gay men and lesbians in motion pictures, The Celluloid Closet (1996); and the classic multiple point of view, Rashomon (Golden Lion Award, Venice Film Festival, 1951).

For popcorn fun, romance, adventure or guilty pleasure, there are several titles to choose from, including: The Brothers Grimm, The Da Vinci Code, Finding Neverland, House of Flying Daggers, The Hunger Games, The InternationalLike Water for Chocolate, Lost in Translation, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Must Love Dogs, Napoleon Dynamite, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Though if you absolutely, positively need to view a video right now, see our database list of streaming videos. The emphasis of these leans heavily toward psychology.

Finally, if mergers and acquisitions are your thing or if strategic planning really floats your boat, then you’ll need to head on over to Business Source Complete (EBSCO) for the Harvard Business Video Collection. Once you’re in the database look at the top center of the page and click “More” for a pull down menu. Click “Images/Business Videos.” On the new page, under “Limit your results” be sure to limit your search to “Business Videos” (uncheck “Image Quick View Collection”). Type in your search term and you’re on your way to viewing pleasure.


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