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Research Foundations Tutorial

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Using Media

Media items can be a valuable source of information for many topics. Films, interviews, news reports, radio broadcasts, and historic images may provide a deeper explanation into your topic than an article, or they may cover a unique perspective of an issue that you hadn't seen before. Educational films tend to qualify as scholarly resources, but most news and radio broadcasts would be considered general, popular sources. Consult your assignments' directions to ensure you are able to use media items as for your project. 

Including media items in your project can be tricky. While it may be easy to copy and paste media into a presentation, there are copyright issues you must consider before using a video or audio clip. You will learn about these in greater detail in Chapter 5. 

Physical Media

DVD Shelf

Brock University Library has a variety of physical and electronic media items. The James A. Gibson Library and the IRC have DVDs that you can borrow for 2 weeks.  Many are scholarly sources, although some are popular videos for leisure viewing. When searching the Library Catalogue, DVDs are marked with the DVD designation.  


Streaming Media

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Many media titles are available from Brock University Library through streamed access. Most of these tend to be educational or documentary in nature. Many of the titles are from the Kanopy database that includes movies from the Criterion Collection, documentaries, and independent films from around the world. Suppliers include TV Choice, BBC, PBS, The Great Courses,  and other educational video production companies. The National Film Board of Canada Screening Room database is another source of streaming video content.

When searching the Library Catalogue, streaming videos are marked with the STREAM/VIDEO designation. View streaming media found in the Catalogue from any supporting device connected to the internet by simply clicking the Watch this video online link (and logging in with your Brock username and password if off-campus).