Research Guides

Beyond Wikipedia: Background & Reference Sources

Audio / Visual Sources

Non-text sources can add dimension and nuance to your research.  Follow the links on this page to find films, videos, newsreels, radio broadcasts, speeches, interviews, music, and other a/v materials in subscription databases and on the open web.

Resources are arranged in the following categories, with some overlap when resources contain materials in multiple formats:  A/V Research Guides & Catalogs, Moving Images, Music, Notable A/V Collections, Radio, Spoken Word, and Theatre. See the separate page for Oral Histories.

Also see how to Find A/V Materials in WorldCat and ArchiveGrid.

Notable A/V Collections

Catalogs & Research Guides

Consult the following research guides for additional ideas and information:

Find A/V Materials in WorldCat & ArchiveGrid

In addition to going directly to likely sources of A/V content like those listed in this guide, you can also search WorldCat Discovery and ArchiveGrid for specific audio visual titles and collections of audio visual materials in various formats, including oral history, film, video, and recorded sound.  WorldCat Discovery is a union library catalog and ArchiveGrid is a database of collection descriptions.  See details below.



Thomas's Orchestra, NYPL

Find Films - Film Studies Research Guide

The GC's Film Studies research guide is a great place to find films online in both subscription databases and on open access sites.  See the Find Films page for details.

Moving Images: Film, Video, and TV

Spoken Word


News Broadcast Transcripts

Transcripts of news programs can be found in several places, including:

NexisUni – Log in with your GC network credentials and search by keyword in All Fields.  Then, scroll down and select news transcripts from the "publication type" filter option.  From there, you can either select particular sources or search All News Transcripts to find appearances of your search term among the results.  

Factiva – Visit The New York Public Library's Thomas Yoseloff Business Center at the former Mid-Manhattan Library at 40th Street & Fifth Avenue, to use this database, which is another excellent source for finding transcripts of tv news broadcasts from a wide range of sources.  

National Public Radio – Search NPR broadcasts directly, no login required, on their website: