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Naxos: Streaming classical music

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VCU Libraries’ subscription to Naxos Music Library offers more than 1,750,000 streaming tracks from 120,000 albums. Classical music is the heart of the Naxos Music Library, but you will also find Broadway musicals, soundtracks, jazz, classic rock and world music. Check out new releases, with about 800 albums added each month.

Listen to music from today’s top artists such as Lang Lang or classic artists like Arthur Rubinstein. Explore composers through eras from Johann Pachabel to John Zorn. Relax to Brahms’ Clarinet Trio in A Minor performed by VCU’s Charles West. Stream on your laptop, your iPad or phone. Create playlists of favorites or enjoy the monthly Naxos selections.

Naxos is comprised of preeminent classical recording labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, RCA and Sony Classical as well as many smaller, specialty labels. You will not find music from these core labels on consumer services such as Pandora.

Try these music connoisseur features:

  • Search by artist, composer, instrument, genre, period or song duration.
  • Find liner notes, cover art and detailed performer, instrumentation and publisher information.
  • Review biographies of composers and artists, a glossary, musical terms, pronunciation guide and analysis of core classical works.
  • The opera section has more than 700 libretti and synopses.
  • For music educators, find a junior listening section and K-12 curriculum and teaching materials.

Naxos Music Library and Music Online  will become your home for deeper music exploration and research.

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Kanopy: Video streaming service

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Kanopy, new in 2015-16, is a large, educational streaming video service. It provides easy access to more than 26,000 documentaries, feature films, shorts and more. Kanopy adds new videos regularly, so check back to browse new content.

Included are many of VCU Libraries’ most-circulated DVD and VHS titles: Still Killing Us Softly 4; La Jetee; The National Parks; Race, the Power of Illusion; A House Divided; Rome, Open City; Apted’s Up series; Crude, the Real Price of Oil; Graduating Peter; Art & Copy; Unnatural Causes.

View a video new to VCU through Kanopy: The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes on the Life of Nat Hentoff; Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman; The Economics of Happiness; How Facebook Changed the World – The Arab Spring; The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life; Plastic Tides; Precious Knowledge; The Distracted Mind

Collections include:

  • Feature and international films from: Criterion/Janus Films, New Day Films, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, Kino Lorber Education, Flicker Alley (silent film classics), Film Movement
  • Documentaries from: Media Education Foundation, Green Planet Films, Roland Collection, Michael Blackwood, PBS, BBC, California Newsreel, Documentary Educational Resources, Psychotherapy.net
  • Broad subject coverage: the arts, business, communication, diversity, education, experimental film, fashion, history, global studies, health, LGBT collections, literature, media, music, religion, psychology, sciences, sustainability, and technical training

Individual titles can be found within VCU Libraries Search. Kanopy online features include closed captioning, tools for links, social media and embedding players. Create an account to save clips and playlists. Explore through searching, browsing and recommendations, then refine through the subject, date, language and other limiters at the bottom, left of the interface.

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By Nell Chenault, Film and Performing Arts Research Librarian

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Kanopy: Try new video streaming service

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VCU Libraries introduces a trial of Kanopy, one of the largest, educational streaming video services, providing access to more than 26,000 documentaries, feature films, shorts and more.

The VCU academic community is invited to use the service, which VCU Libraries has licensed,  during the trial period (through October 14) and provide feedback to inform a purchase decision. Your feedback about research and teaching use of this new resource by you and your students is valuable, so please let us know what you think.

Included are many of the libraries’ most circulated DVD and VHS titles: Still Killing Us Softly 4; La Jetee; The National Parks; Race, the Power of Illusion; A House Divided; Rome, Open City; Apted’s Up series; Crude, the Real Price of Oil; Graduating Peter; Recovering Bodies; Art & Copy.

Collections include:

  • Feature and international films from: Criterion/Janus Films, New Day Films, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, Kino Lorber Education, Flicker Alley (silent film classics), Film Movement
  • Documentaries from: Media Education Foundation, Green Planet Films, Roland Collection, Michael Blackwood, PBS, BBC, California Newsreel, Documentary Educational Resources, Psychotherapy.net  

Access the Kanopy interface from Trial Databases. Soon, individual titles will be added within VCU Libraries Search. Kanopy features include closed captioning, tools for links, social media and embedding players. Create an account to save clips and playlists. Explore through searching, browsing and recommendations, then refine through the subject, date, language and other limiters at the bottom, left of the interface.

By Nell Chenault, Film and Performing Arts Research Librarian

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Reliable Film Resources: Core film studies indexes

New in 2013: two comprehensive core film studies indexes with applications for film scholars and movie lovers alike.

  • Film Indexes Online: A scholarly alternative to the Internet Movie Database, Film Indexes Online provides descriptions for 120,000 films and 735,000 film personalities from 1893 to present. This database also adds a strong international focus to VCU Libraries’ online film and media resources with representation of more than 170 countries. It also includes unique search features like genre/subject/theme, film music and literary adaptations as well as cross-referencing to assist with pseudonyms, corporate consolidation and name changes. Find It
  • Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text: Maintaining international coverage with a North American focus, Film and Television Literature Index provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts for more than 680 academic journals, magazines and trade publications, with full-text entries for 120 journals. Also included are book chapters, industry reports, Variety movie reviews (1914-present) and more than 36,000 images and movie stills. Researchers can explore the spectrum of media scholarship from theoretical aspects and technical elements to critical reception and popular culture impact. Find It

Compiled by Nell Chenault, film and music research librarian

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Film and Television Index: Online media resource

Film and TV Index

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Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text is an exciting resource for film, television and new media research. Maintaining international coverage with a North American focus, this database provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts for more than 680 academic journals, magazines and trade publications, with full text entries for some 120 journals. Also included are book chapters, industry reports, Variety movie reviews (1914-present), and more than 36,000 images and movie stills. Through Film and Television Literature Index, researchers can explore the spectrum of media scholarship from theoretical aspects and technical elements to critical reception and popular culture impact.

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