The library has recently added a unique and valuable streaming media database to our collections. It’s called Ethnographic Video Online (EVO), but don’t let the name fool you. While it might sound like something that would only be useful in sociology or anthropology, it is also a resource that offers interesting and relevant multimedia materials in a wide range of subject areas. EVO is an interdisciplinary streaming video database that includes short films and documentaries on such topics as religion, spirituality, mythology, gender roles, marriage, immigration, food, and festivals. The tag cloud below shows some of the more popular topics covered by the videos.

EVO Subject Tags

Subjects found in EVO

The database, produced by Alexander Street Press, currently includes over 400 videos but more are being added all the time. The videos are browseable by subject, date and geographic region, so finding interesting multimedia materials for your classes is easy. Tools within the database allow you to make custom video clips of key portions and save them in a playlist as well as view the text of the transcript for the entire video in a convenient side panel. In addition, all of the videos have custom URLs that can be embedded in Blackboard or individual websites, making it quick and simple to provide access to your students and to use them in the classroom.

Access Ethnographic Video Online via the Articles and Databases page under the categories for Anthropology, Sociology, Women’s Studies or Religion. If you’d like more information on how to use EVO, please contact Priscilla Seaman, Lane Wilkinson, or Virginia Cairns in the Reference Department.

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