Interface FAQ | Alexander Street Interface FAQ

The Alexander Street interface is a powerful learning and research platform for our video and audio collections, and select text resources. Collections now available on the our updated interface are listed in the chart below. Other Alexander Street collections will be made available on our new interface on a rolling basis.

All permanent URLs, such as links to clips, playlists, bookmarks, and embed codes, related to the collections listed that appeared on previous versions of our platform automatically point to the new and enhanced platform.

Powerful features include:

  • Faceted browsing capabilities: Browse content with “smart facets” that change as you search, allowing you quickly to find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s as if the interface knows what you’re asking.
  • A new video player and toolbar that lets you bookmark your place in a video and choose between multiple layouts; and bit-rate streaming that automatically adjusts to the highest quality file the user’s bandwidth can support. This is all in addition to the functionality you expect from Alexander Street video: thumbnails, visual table of contents, and clip and playlist creation.
  • A waveform view on our audio player pages that lets you view the music being played and create, annotate, and share audio clips.
  • Discipline- and genre-based landing pages with featured content and editorially-curated playlists.
  • The ability to translate every page, liner note, and transcript into dozens of languages using Google Translate.
  • Tools for exporting citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats.
  • Most content within the video products displays alongside searchable, scrolling transcripts.

Features coming soon include:

  • Outbound discovery—your Alexander Street content will link out to select Internet archives, greatly expanding the content available to your users at no charge, and all semantically indexed to make it cross-searchable with the other Alexander Street content.
  • Fully text-searchable liner notes displayed along select albums.
  • And more. See a full list of current and forthcoming functionality here.

Collections on the new interface


New Interface URL: Available Now


African American Music Reference
American History in Video
American Song
Anthropology Online
Art and Architecture in Video
Asian Film Online: Volume I
Asian Film Online: Volume II Launched on new interface
Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection
Australasian Literature Online Launched on new interface
Black Studies in Video
Business E-books Online Launched on new interface
Business Education in Video
Classical Music in Video
Classical Music Library
Classical Music Reference Library
Classical Scores Library: Volume I
Classical Scores Library: Volume II
Classical Scores Library: Volume III Launched on new interface
Contemporary World Music
Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts: Volume II Launched on new interface
Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume I
Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume II
Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume III
Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video
The Criterion Collection
Launched on new interface
Current Affairs in Video
Dance in Video: Volume I
Dance in Video: Volume II Launched on new interface
Dental Education in Video
Education in Video: Volume I
Education in Video: Volume II Launched on new interface
Engineering Case Studies Online Launched on new interface
Environmental Studies in Video Launched on new interface
Ethnographic Video Online: Volume I
Ethnographic Video Online: Volume II
Ethnographic Video Online: Volume III Launchedon new interface
Fashion Studies Online: The Videofashion Library Launched on new interface
Filmakers Library Online: Volume I
Filmakers Library Online: Volume II
Filmakers Library Online: Volume III Launched on new interface
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Health and Society in Video
Human Resource Management Online Launched on new interface
Human Rights Studies Online
Launched on new interface
International Business Online Launchedon new interface
Jazz Music Library
LGBT Studies in Video
LGBT Thought and Culture
The March of Time™
Meet the Press Launched on new interface
New World Cinema
Nursing Assessment in Video Launched on new interface
Nursing Assistant Education in Video Launched on new interface
Nursing Education in Video
Opera in Video
The PBS Video Collection Launched on new interface
Psychological Experiments Online Launched on new interface
Public Library Video Online Launched on new interface
Rehabilitation Therapy in Video
Silent Film Online
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video
Theatre in Video
VAST: Academic Video Online
Veterinary Education in Video Launched on new interface
The Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy
World History in Video
World Newsreels Online, 1929–1966

Permalinks and embed codes

As of August 2014, even if your pointers use the URLs for the older platform, all URLs automatically redirect to the new interface.

System requirements

MARC records

You will not need to delete or reload MARC records. All MARC records for the collections listed above redirect automatically to the new interface.

Discovery services

If you use Primo, EDS, Summon, or WorldCat discovery services, all URLs have been updated to direct users to the new interface.

Playlists and clips

On the new interface, you can continue to access the clips and playlists you created on the old interface. Simply login to your account on the new site, using your existing login credentials. If you have bookmarked or embedded a link to a playlist or clip, the link will automatically redirect to the clip or playlist on the new interface.

Usage statistics

We now offer a new usage stats portal to obtain your institution’s usage information of collections on our new interface. This portal offers many benefits, including COUNTER-compliant reports (v.4), SUSHI-enabled reports, and customized reports you can export by title, subject, and collection.

To access the new stats portal visit

If you already have an account on the previous stats website, you may use those log-in credentials on this site.

If you need to create an account on the new portal, please contact us at

You may continue to view stats for the “old” interface only at

Usage statistics legend

For terms and definitions related to the NEW stats portal, please see Appendix A of the COUNTER Code of Practice for eResources.

When will this interface be available for my other Alexander Street collections?

We will continue to make our remaining collections available on the updated interface. We’re rolling them out on an iterative basis to allow us to respond quickly to customer needs. When we make those migrations, we’ll always provide at least a several-month window to allow you time to become comfortable with the new features.


Please contact your account representative directly or email us at with any questions, suggestions, or comments.