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The Research Process

Add dimension to your project by using multimedia

Did you know that you can use media as a scholarly resource? Find content in films, digital archives, select music sites and virtual art exhibits

In order to use media in your project, you need to verify sharing permissions. Use this checklist, and ask your instructor for guidance: 

  • Is the version of the content I'm looking at shared legitimately?

  • Does the creator permit use or reuse? Is that permission free or for a fee? 

  • Does your use fall under Fair Use? Use by students/scholars/researchers often falls in this category. You still need to be certain your use meets the guidelines. 

  • Is the work licensed through Creative Commons

  • Does the video allow for public performance rights? 

  • Do I need to attribute the creator? If so, by what method? 

 Here are some places and methods to find multimedia content: 

Mears Library

  • Films on Demand: Create playlists, use premade clips, full videos, or create custom segments for research projects. Videos include captions, transcripts, Google Translate and citations. 

  • Art & Architecture Complete63,000 images from Picture Desk. Spans over 75 disciplines including architecture, visual arts, historic preservation, chemistry, public policy, social sciences, teaching and more.  

  • ArtSTORThe most extensive image resource for educational and scholarly use. Content in the public collections includes items that span from African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Native American studies, fashion, music, photojournalism, religion, and women's studies

  • Atla Digital Library: Historical content in religion and theology. Find archival, historical, and special collections from libraries, religious institutions, and archives worldwide. 

  • Naxos Music Library: Comprehensive collection of music including Classical, Jazz, World, Folk and more. 


  • openverse: Includes over 700 million open access and public domain multimedia items curated by Creative Commons

  • Use browser image search tools. After you conduct a search:

    1. Look for the Tools menu. THen look for a filter for safe image search and select options such as: Creative Commons Licenses, free to use or reuse, or public domain

    2. Then use lateral reading skills to track backwards to the content creator to ensure it was shared properly online

   Watch the tutorial below to learn how to use segments of Films on Demands movies