Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Trial Access to VAST Streaming Video Database Through February 15

The Cheng Library is offering trial access to the VAST: Academic Video Online database through February 15. VAST, published by Alexander Street Press, is a one-stop multidisciplinary resource for streaming video covering a wide variety of academic disciplines. Subjects covered in the database include: American and world history, anthropology, area and ethnic studies, art and architecture, business and economics, counseling and therapy, criminal justice, dance, education, health, humanities, LGBT studies, opera, philosophy, politics, psychology, religion, science, theatre, women's studies, and world languages and literature. Each video comes complete with keyword-searchable, synchronized transcripts. As the video plays, the transcript scrolls, and what's being spoken is highlighted. Users can easily make custom clips, name them, and annotate them for use in course assignments.

For more information about the content and features of VAST, please see this product description. For a quick orientation to using VAST, please see this seven-minute YouTube video produced by the publisher. Please contact Richard Kearney (kearneyr at wpunj dot edu, or 973-720-2165) if you have questions or would like more information about VAST.