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Social Work Videos: Videos @MSU Libraries

Streaming Video Content

Streaming Video Databases

Choose a relevant video database to search within

  • E-Resources Media
    The MSU Libraries offer a number of different online streaming video database collections in our E-Resources.  View our complete list of streaming video databases on the E-Resources Media page.
  • Academic Video Online
    The Academic Video Online database allows you to search simultaneously across all of our Alexander Street Press (ASP) streaming video collections.  ASP Collections of particular interest to social work includes:
    • Counseling & Therapy in Video
      Counseling and Therapy in Video provides an online streaming video collection for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. The collection includes several types of videos such as counseling sessions and demonstrations, consultations, lectures, presentations, and interviews. Many of the videos include teaching and discussion guides.
    • Psychological Experiments Online
      Psychological Experiments Online is a multimedia online resource that synthesizes the most important psychological experiments of the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection pairs 75 hours of audio and video recordings of the original experiments (when existent) with 40,000 pages of primary-source documents.
    • Filmakers Library Online
      Filmakers Library Online provides documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.
    • American History in Video
      American History in Video provides an online streaming video collection for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion.  Included are commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.
    • PBS Video Collection
      This collection assembles hundreds of the greatest documentary films and series from the history of the Public Broadcasting Service into one convenient online interface. A core of 245 titles, selected for their high quality and relevance to academic curricula, covers many educational disciplines, including history, science and technology, diversity studies, business, and current events. This collection provides access to the films and series users already know and trust, including Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.


  • PsycTherapy
    A searchable collection of videos featuring therapy demonstrations showing clinicians working with individuals, couples, and families.  Not limited to mental health counseling, also includes health, academic, and career counseling.
    ***To enter PsycTherapy:  The link to PsycTherapy defaults to the APA PsycNET database.  Above the search boxes there is a small heading: Select Databases.  You will see the link to PsycTherapy here.

Searching the Catalog for Streaming and Physical Copies of Videos

How to search the Catalog for videos

Videos are searchable in the library catalog and in individual streaming video database collections.  Most streaming video content from our database collections is uploaded into the library catalog and searchable there. 

Please note that there may be lag-time in uploading library catalog records for recent updates to streaming video database collections.  Searching in both the library catalog and in relevant streaming video databases is the best way to ensure a comprehensive search.

Search Option #1: Library Catalog search for all video formats (hard copy and streaming)

  1. Go to the Advanced Search screen for the library catalog.
  2. Highlight the material type limiter for Video/Visual
  3. Enter your search terms and click Submit.

Search Option #2: Library Catalog search for only streaming video

  1. Go to the Advanced Search screen for the library catalog.
  2. Highlight the material type limiter for Video/Visual
  3. Change the collection limiter to Electronic Resources
  4. Enter your search terms and click Submit.

Checking out Videos from the MSU Libraries

Digital and Multimedia Center (DMC)

Videos are part of the Multimedia Collection in the Digital and Multimedia Center.

Location: 4 West, Main Library

Hours: Click here for calendar

Multimedia Collection materials circulate for seven days with a $1.00 per day fine for overdue titles. Recalls, holds, and renewals are not offered.  Materials must be checked out and returned directly to the DMC location only.

The DMC is a closed stacks collection, meaning that it is not available for browsing.  You must use the library catalog to identify titles and a staff member will retrieve the video for you.

Equipment to support the viewing of all video formats materials is available on-site in the DMC Media Lab.

What if the MSU Libraries don't have my video?

Video InterLibrary Loan

Interlibrary loans are available for videos.

If the MSU Libraries do not own the video, you may request it from another library (at no charge) by following these instructions:

  1. Double-check the MSU Library catalog and our streaming video databases.  Please be certain the we do not own the item.
  2. Fill out an InterLibrary Loan through our ILLiad site

For more information about interlibrary loan please see InterLibrary Services.

Suggest a Purchase

Contact Carin Graves ( to suggest a video purchase for social work.  Purchase suggestions from students or faculty in other subject areas should be directed towards their subject librarian, or use the general suggest a purchase form.

Readings on Teaching with Film

Association for Community Organization & Social Administration. (2000). Videos for teaching macro-level practice: A selected videography recommended by ACOSA Members. Retrieved from

Dorr, C. (2014). Social work live: Theory and practice in social work using videos. New York: Oxford University Press. (MSU Libraries catalog record)

Ello, L. M. (2007). Older adult issues and experiences through the stories and images of film. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 27(1-2), 271–282. doi:10.1300/J067v27n01_17 

Leukefeld, S. (2011). Using Internet-based videos as pedagogical tools in the social work policy classroom. Advances in Social Work, 12(2). Retrieved from

Liles, R. E. (2007). The use of feature films as teaching tools in social work education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 27(3-4), 45–60. doi:10.1300/J067v27n03_04

Mitra, B., Lewin-Jones, J., Barrett, H., & Williamson, S. (2010). The use of video to enable deep learning. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 15(4), 405-414. doi:10.1080/13596748.2010.526802

Shdaimah, C. (2009). The power of perspective: Teaching social policy with documentary film. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 29(1), 85. doi:10.1080/08841230802238161

Faculty Services

Video Digitization

Faculty may request hard copy videos be digitized for course distribution on ANGEL.

  1. Secure copyright permissions by submitting a request to the MSU Libraries Copyright Permissions Center.

  2. Contact Interactive Video Services ( with your request.  They will need to see the copyright permission before digitizing.

Course Reserves

Faculty may place videos on course reserve.  This will keep videos intended for course use in the library for student viewing.  Faculty may be able to arrange special permission to check out the reserved video for a classroom showing by contacting the DMC.

Social Work Librarian

Carin Graves

Librarian for Sociology, Social Work, and Human Development and Family Studies

Social Work Guide

For general Social Work resources please refer to the Social Work Resources subject guide. 

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