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The Fondren Library at Southern Methodist University has an extensive media collection that includes VHS (yes they still exist), DVD, audiobook and streaming formats. We can also acquire materials for classroom support and welcome purchase suggestions.
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    Ruby Dee Interview

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    Lauren Bacall - Petrified Forest 1955

    This 1955 episode of The Producers Showcase featured Lauren Bacall, her husband Humphrey Bogart and the wonderful Henry Fonda. The audio and video quality of this show is less than perfect but worth the watch. Enjoy this classic.



    The Fondren Library at Southern Methodist University has an extensive media collection that supports the course curriculum as well as offers support materials for general interests.

    The Media Collection began in the 1970's and has been growing and transforming with each new era of technology.

    Our collection contains over 10,000 feature films, documentaries, audiobooks, language learning media and much more. Our streaming media subscriptions offers over 30,000 additional titles you will find extremely useful for coursework and personal enlightenment.

    Please contact Lisa Daniels Wall for questions, comments or suggestions regarding the Media Collection.

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    Academic Websites You Might Find Useful

    You might find these sites helpful when researching films and media

    • Films On Demand
      Films on Demand is the streaming site for Films Media Group which includes Films for the Humanities, one of the oldest and most extensive academic film distributors in the world. If you need a film on ANY subject, I would bet they have a film to support it.
    • Annenberg Media
      Annenberg Media has hundreds of titles completely free as streaming media. You can still purchase DVDs of their materials but they offer the majority of their films FREE. A great resource for faculty members of any discipline.
    • Education in Video
      Education in Media is a subsidiary of Alexander Street Press. Education in Video provides an online collection of video for the study of teaching methods and education theory. Upon completion, the collection will contain more than 1,000 video titles totaling 750 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms give education students a way to observe the intricacies of behavior, tone, facial expression, and body language that define effective teaching styles.
    • American Film Institute Catalog
      The AFI Catalog, the premier, authoritative resource of American film information, covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1974, with records for selected major films from 1975-2011. New records are added each year by the AFI's editorial team.
    • Film Literature Index
      The Film Literature Index (FLI) annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television. The periodicals range from the scholarly to the popular. More than 2,000 subject headings provide detailed analysis of the articles.
    • ERIC - Education Resources Information Center
      ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center - is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.

    Fun and Helpful Sites You Might Find Interesting

    You might find these sites helpful when researching films and media

    • Internet Movie Database
      The largest database of information on films anywhere. They include info on actors, directors, crew, film synopsis and everything else.
    • MUBI
      MUBI is not technically a social network site but you can hook up and communicate with other film lovers. You can get tons of info and clips for free but you can also watch full films on a pay-per-view basis.
    • Filmsite is a great website for anyone that loves movies. The site editor, Tim Dirks, includes tons of "bests lists" and has synopsis of films all the way back to the silent era. Great resource for film students.
    • Movie Clips
      Great website for trailers and clips. It is free and has clips for almost every film in recent history.
    • Rotten Tomatoes
      Rotten Tomatoes has critic and viewer reviews and offers box office stats for current films. I should mention that I often do not agree with the ratings but this is a good source for info.
    • Silent Era
      Silent Era is an immense site with everything you ever wanted to know about silent films....which happens to be my area of study. Check it out to find a great silent film to watch this weekend...or call me for a suggestion.
    • Internet Archive
      The Internet Archive offers permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. The Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections.
    • Silent Ladies and Gents
      The most extensive site for information about silent stars, directors, producers, and films. A must for any silent film buff.
    • Flixster
      Flixster has movie theater showtimes, ratings, reviews and box office stats. Just put in your zip code and go.
    • Philip's Fil-ums
      Wonderful site on Hindi / Indian Popular Film. This is the brain child of Professor Philip Lutgendorf, Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at University of Iowa. Check it out for a look at Indian film and culture. This site was recommended by my esteemed colleague Joel Eatmon.

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    Films On Demand

    Fondren Library subscribes to Films on Demand. This site is the streaming site for Films Media Group which is part of the Films for the Humanities family. This is one of the oldest and most extensive academic media companies in the world. I can assure you that if you need a film on ANY topic there will be a film at Films on Demand. It includes films from HBO, PBS, ABC News, BBC, Wide Angle, Discover and History Channels and more.



    PowerPoint Instructions for Streaming Media Sites


    Linking Videos into your Course Management

    Follow this LINK to learn how to embed and link films into your course management program, Blackboard.


    Form for requesting media to be purchased


    Thank You Deg Farrelly

    I want to thank Deg Farrelly from Arizona State University for allowing me to "borrow" some of the content from his Research Guide. He is the World's Greatest Academic Media Guru...Thanks Deg.


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