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Ethnographic Video Online trial

Posted by Megan on May 5, 2010

Alexander Street Press is offering free access to its collection Ethnographic Video Online from now until May 31.

You can get a password to view the collection by registering at:

The videos can be browsed by theme, geographic location, cultural group, or ethnographer. The subjects include human rights, refugees, tribal and national groups, colonialism, and so on. Obviously, the content is geared more toward anthropological studies, but at least some of the videos will be relevant to many social science classrooms.

The official description of the database is as follows:

A comprehensive online resource for the visual study of human culture and behavior and the largest, most affordable streaming video collection of its kind, Ethnographic Video Online will contain more than 750 hours of classic and contemporary documentaries produced by leading video producers in the discipline; previously unpublished footage from working anthropologists and ethnographers in the field; and select feature films. Wherever possible, videos include accompanying field notes, liner notes, filmmaker biographies, related articles, study guides, and other context-enhancing, full-text materials. Publishing partners include the leading video content providers in the discipline, including Documentary Educational Resources (DER).


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