Social Sciences Video Collection




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About This Product

With separate sections for history, psychology, political science, world culture and society, sociology, global studies, crime and law, technology and society, and philosophy and religion, this expansive collection covers the broad range of social sciences through award-winning documentary programming, historic speeches and newsreels, expert presentations, instructional and educational videos, and more.

Collection Highlights:

  • Up – the classic documentary series that revisits the lives of the same people every seven years, from the age of seven to the present day. Aside from the core episodes from Michael Apted’s original U.K. series, the format was also extended to the United States, Japan, South Africa, and Russia/U.S.S.R. 20 programs.
  • Ken Burns’s award-winning documentaries and series, including The Civil War; Jazz; The War; The Vietnam War; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; and others.
  • Why Poverty? – a Peabody Award-winning PBS series presenting more than eight hours of thought-provoking and moving stories from around the globe while asking difficult questions about why a billion people worldwide still live in poverty.
  • Brain Games, Seasons 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 – an Emmy-nominated series from National Geographic that uses experiments, illusions, and man-on-the-street demonstrations to unlock the science behind the mysteries of the human brain.
  • Scammed – a 13-part series revealing the most prevalent types of scam crimes in operation today, from identity theft to elder fraud, credit card skimming, and more.
  • More than 500 top-rated titles from A&E, including critically acclaimed series such as America: The Story of Us; Engineering an Empire; Mankind: The Story of All of Us; The Real West; Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire; and more.
  • More than 100 exclusive programs from The Bill Moyers Collection, including On Our Own Terms, his six-hour series on death and dying; A Walk Through the 20th Century (16 hours); Buying the War (Emmy Award winner); Abraham Lincoln Revealed; America’s Growing Economic Divide; Unequal Education; and more.
  • Race: The Power of an Illusion a groundbreaking three-hour documentary series by California Newsreel that debunks the misconception that “race” is a physiologically accurate way to categorize human beings.
  • Being Muslim in America – a two-part series created to help viewers understand and appreciate cultural and religious diversity, as well as understand how Muslim Americans make sense of what it means to straddle a number of cultural boundaries, integrate with the broader U.S. society, and form a uniquely American Islam.
  • From HBO, hard-hitting documentaries on trending social topics, including King in The Wilderness; Traffic Stop; 15: A Quinceañera Story; Baltimore Rising; and others.
  • Coverage of the #MeToo movement from PBS NewsHour.
  • Twenty-six hours of PBS’s Empires series, including The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization and The Roman Empire in the First Century.
  • Films on leading psychologists and their experiments and theories, including Freud, Jung, Dewey, Piaget, Spock, Skinner, Milgram, Loftus, Bandura, Davidson, Ainsworth, and more.
  • U.S. Government: How It Works – a comprehensive six-part series that explores key aspects of U.S. government and public policy.
  • Due Process: Understanding the U.S. Criminal Justice System – a three-part series that outlines the basics of crime, law enforcement, evidence, forensics, and the court system.
  • Finding Your Roots and Finding Your Roots, Seasons 2 & 3 – Henry Louis Gates takes viewers along for the journey to “get into the DNA of American culture,” trekking through layers of ancestral history to uncover secrets and surprises in the family trees of celebrity guests.

Titles within the collection are sorted across distinct, browsable subject categories, enabling refined searches for available titles in specific topic areas.


  • Unlimited, simultaneous access to thousands of full-length videos and clips, on-site or off
  • Exclusive, high-interest videos from top producers you won’t find anywhere else—plus, new content added regularly at no additional cost
  • Public performance rights to facilitate library programming and presentations
  • Full language support with Google Translate on all descriptions, transcripts, and navigation
  • Captioning and searchable, interactive transcripts
  • Free MARC records for every video
  • Marketing tools to increase patron awareness
  • Continuous Play and Loop Playlist options
  • Create and share personalized playlists using segments from multiple videos
  • Keyword tags for all content, linking to related material


  • Encourage community building
  • Create and enhance library programming opportunities
  • Add exciting visual content to your reference desk
  • Freedom from inventory hassles and damaged DVDs
  • Provide easily accessible, meaningful video content for learners of all ages

ABC News
American Experience
BBC Learning
Bill Moyers
Biography Channel
California Newsreel
Cambridge Educational
Canadian Broadcast Corp
Channel 4 Learning
ClickView Pty Limited
Davidson Films
Falling Walls Foundation
History Education
Ken Burns
Meridian Education
Modern Marvels
monterey media
MVD Entertainment Group
National Film Board of Canada
National Geographic
NBC News
Open University
PBS – Empires
PBS NewsHour
Scientific American Frontiers
Wide Angle

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