The College of Charleston Libraries has got news – a lot of it. In fact, it has pretty much all the news you need: local news, national news, world news, good news, bad news, current news and old news. But it has more than that: It has entertainment, ambiance and beauty. And that means, so do you!
The College of Charleston community has free access to all the streaming and digital media resources that the College of Charleston Libraries offer. From today’s headlines and the archives of the biggest and best newspapers to streaming video platforms, musical and aural encyclopedias, and art and photography collections from around the world: You can access it all through the Library’s A–Z Databases List.
From there, you can search by subject, vendor/provider or keyword, or just explore the alphabetical listing to discover something new. With 380 databases (and always growing), there’s something for everyone. Below are just a few highlights to get you started:
- Academic Video Online provides unlimited remote access to more than 63,000 videos all cross-searchable from a single platform. It has hundreds of documentaries, interviews, news programs, performances, commercials and exclusive titles, as well as thousands of award-winning films, newly released films and previously unavailable archival material. It recently added a 360VR video collection with videos in immersive 360-degree viewing format.
- Access World News includes current and archival access to The Post and Courier and The State newspapers as well as hundreds of other national and international newspapers, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications.
- ARTstor provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities and sciences contributed by outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, photo archives, artists and artists’ estates.
- Films On Demand is a state-of-the-art streaming video platform that provides access to educational videos that may be incorporated into online lesson plans and distant learning course packs.
- Met Opera for opera lovers, Met Opera provides access to over 500 Met performances, including more than 75 past performances from the Met’s award-winning “Live in HD” and more than 400 classic full-length video and audio performances.
- Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries is a virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions. Produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the collection provides an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity and preservation of diverse musical forms.
- The New York Times Online (NYTimes.com) provides unlimited access to NYTimes.com (including the archives dating back to 1851), the NYT mobile app, podcasts, newsletters, videos and more. Faculty, staff and students may access it from both on and off campus, but must first create an account using their @cofc.edu email address. A separate registration is also required for The New York Times in Education platform, which helps to tie current events into classroom instruction.
- PressReader (formerly Newspapers of the World) allows readers to tailor an endless stream of top news stories to fit their needs and contains over 3,000 popular magazines and 2,400 newspapers, including Newsweek, The Guardian and Rolling Stone.
- ProQuest Ebook Central contains a large collection of popular and academic e-books, ranging from the classics to new releases.
- Statista (on trial through Nov. 15, 2019) includes 2.5 million multidisciplinary statistics, facts and market data; 4,000 dossiers; more than 80,000 topics covering various markets and industries; over 22,500 original sources of data; 1,500 infographics and more. See below for how you can help evaluate trial subscriptions like Statista.
- The Wall Street Journal Online provides unlimited access to WSJ.com, WSJ mobile apps, newsletters and podcasts. Faculty, staff and students must first register their account using their @cofc.edu email address. If you’re currently paying for an existing membership, call 1-800-JOURNAL to switch their subscription to the one provided by the College of Charleston.
Please note that the list of databases is always changing, and the Library’s Collection Development Committee greatly relies on your feedback when making decisions regarding new subscriptions. When new resources are on trial, they are flagged as such in the list, and you are encouraged to submit your feedback through the Trial Database Evaluation Form.