Friday, December 1, 2017

Alexander Street Videos

Needing a mental break from all those end of the semester projects and finals?  Check out Alexander Street Videos from the list of databases on the J. Murrey Atkins Library search portal.  Did you know The Nutcracker is widely acknowledged as the perfect holiday ballet?  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed the score in 1892, and it premiered in Saint Petersburg on December 18th, at the Mariinsky Theatre.  The Nutcracker has a history of being a holiday classic, performed throughout the world during the Christmas season, primarily in North America.  You can view two versions of this iconic ballet from your laptop, smart phone, or tablet by logging into your Atkins Library account, searching for The Nutcracker using the Alexander Street Videos database and selecting which version you care to watch.

If ballet isn’t your jam, check out the other cool features on the Alexander Street Video’s homepage.  Alexander Street Videos offer easy to follow instructions on making clips to highlight an important piece of content using audio and video players for your personal or scholastic projects.  Needing instructions on creating a playlist, using the Alexander Street video and audio players, and tips for searching the Alexander Street Database?  You’ll find all that and more on the Alexander Street Videos homepage, hosted by ProQuest.

The Alexander Street Video database allows you to search three collections from one search portal, the Dance Online: Dance in Video collection, the Ethnographic Video Online collection, and the LGBT Studies in Video collection.  Where can you find a comprehensive online resource for the study of human culture and society from a global perspective?  Take a peek at the Ethnographic Video Online collection, containing over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork.  You’ll find a fascinating, true story about The Reindeer Queen: The True Story of Sinrock Mary, written by Maria Brooks in 2000.  Sinrock Mary was an Eskimo woman living in the Arctic before the turn of the century during the Alaska Gold Rush.

Looking for a cinematic survey of the LGBT community including the LGBT cultural and political evolution?  Spend some time reviewing the award-winning documentaries, interviews, and feature films in the LGBT Studies in Video collection.  Home for Christmas was directed by Frank Mosvold in 2000, and it tells Annie’s story of coming out to her family at the family’s Christmas celebration.  It won Honorable Mention & Audience Choice Prize in the University of Oregon Queer Film Festival.  You’ll find it in the LGBT Studies in Video collection.  From Art & Design to Social Sciences, you’re sure to find something of interest by searching through the Disciplines tab on the Alexander Street Videos database.  Happy Holidays from the J. Murrey Atkins Library!