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Film, Sound, and Image Collections Guide

Media Collections

Streaming collections

Key Resources

  • Films on Demand
    UNB Libraries subscribes to the Master Academic Collection, along with access to FMG Archival Films & Newsreels Collection and the Entertainment Collection. Includes 42,000+ full-length videos and over 323,000 video segments licensed for use in Canada, covering a broad range of subjects including business, social sciences, education, health and medicine, humanities, sciences, and guidance, and including archival films and newsreels. UNB subscribed Collections The Master Academic Collection (over 35,000 titles) The FM Archival Films & Newsreels (5,000+ titles) Entertainment Collection (500+ titles)
    Subscribed multi-user unlimited access per title
  • Kanopy (moderated access)

    On June 1, 2019, UNB Libraries’ transitioned to a mediated access model for Kanopy online streaming, shifting from automatic purchase of titles (receiving four plays or more) to mediated purchases requiring a prior patron request.

    Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides access to more than 26,000 films each year. Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation and more.

    Unlimited simultaneous users per leased title.
  • NFB Campus (National Film Board of Canada)
    NFB Campus offers access to over 3,500 Canadian film productions, including 500 new titles added just for classroom use.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Naxos Music Library (NML)
    "Naxos Music Library [NML] is the world´s largest online classical music library. The library offers the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues plus the complete catalogues or selected titles from over 650 record labels, with more labels joining every month. Along with classical music, jazz, world, and pop/rock are also represented."
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Theatre in Video
    Contains performances of the world's leading plays and film documentaries on the subject of theater in streaming video. Some plays presented in multiple productions exemplifying various interpretations of the text, and technical and cultural differences among the presentations. Stage work of directors and actors are cross-searchable and available for side-by-side comparison. Interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors, along with excerpts of live performances, provide illustration of the development of texts and the productions.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound® for Libraries (Music Online)
    Smithsonian Global Sound provides over 35,000 tracks of music, natural sounds and spoken words, delivered via streaming audio. It includes performances of traditional musics from around the world, poetry readings, environmental sounds, and recordings by legendary folk, jazz and blues performers. Liner notes for many recordings are also available.
    5 simultaneous users
  • ARTstor
    Artstor is a repository of approximately 300 collections composed of over 2.5 million digital images (and growing), related data and provides tools to actively use those images in a restricted usage environment that balances the rights of the content providers and the needs of the users. The images are drawn from different sources, such as museums, archaeological teams, photo archives, slide collections, and art reference publishers.

    Scholars can examine wide-ranging material such as Native American art from the Smithsonian, treasures from the Louvre, and panoramic, 360-degree views of the Hagia Sophia in a single, easy-to-use resource. The artistic traditions across many cultures embraces architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

NFB Campus users click here for more information on associated tools and resources

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Linking and embedding films from D2L

Please note: While we recommend linking out to media from Desire2Learn (D2L) rather than embedding in order to minimize any potential technical or legal issues, embedding UNB licensed resources (such as the ones treated below) in D2L is both technically possible and contractually permissible. If you have questions regarding embedding non-licensed media in a course, consult our Audiovisual works in the classroom guide or contact Josh Dickison, UNB Copyright Officer: (

Linking to Films from Desire2Learn

Films on Demand:

Kanopy Streaming:

NFB Campus:

Embedding Films in Desire2Learn

Films on Demand:

Kanopy Streaming:

NFB Campus:

Using Media from the Web

Sources for media that can be used for academic projects

One is well advised to exercise care when using and repurposing media objects (images, sound, video, etc.) found on the web for academic projects. Most media are copyrighted regardless of whether there is an accompanying statement to the effect. There are, however, sites which make available reusable media that are either in the public domain or under creative commons license. Below is a list of some of the most common such sources.


Online provider of free stock video footage and motion graphics.

Vimeo - Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses enable members to grant copyright permissions on their videos so others can copy, distribute, edit, remix, and build upon them while giving credit to the original video’s creator.


User uploaded video free to use for Educational purposes


Free Music Archive

Large archive of artists-supplied music under Creative Commons license


Downloadable sound effects under Creative Commons license


UNB Libraries detailed guide to finding images for coursework, creative work, teaching and/or publication.

The Commons on Flickr

Public domain photo sharing site:

Creative Commons

A portal to various media content intended for free use and re-use under a "Creative Commons" licensing agreement:

Stock Exchange

Extensive source for royalty-free stock images:

Wikimedia Commons

A media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips):

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