Academic Video Online: Premium

Academic Video Online: Premium

Academic Video Online: Premium is Alexander Street’s most comprehensive video subscription, an ever-growing resource that comprises content from 32 full video collections and 8 bonus discipline clusters. Academic Video Online: Premium currently contains more than 26,000 full video titles (not just clips) and well over 11,000 hours of content.

Academic Video Online: Premium is designed to bring the highest-quality video content to the broadest range of subject areas. The collection builds off of the multidisciplinary focus of VAST: Academic Video Online, Alexander Street’s flagship video product that provides a selection of key content from more than two dozen best-selling video collections. Academic Video Online: Premium takes scholarship one step further by providing access to the entire portfolio of content from each of these collections.

Collections that are available in their entirety as part of Academic Video Online: Premium are:

*Content not available in all territories
**Video content only

On top of the full content of these databases, Academic Video Online: Premium contains eight academic clusters—more than 1,500 hours of content—that are available exclusively to Premium and VAST subscribers. These include:

  • Area Studies Video Online
  • Ethnic Studies Video Online
  • Humanities Video Online
  • Psychology Video Online
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies in Video
  • Science Video Online
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Video Online
  • World Languages and Literature in Video

Titles in every collection and cluster within Academic Video Online: Premium have been carefully selected to meet departmental needs and include documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. You’ll find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy® and Emmy® winners, the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, newly released films, and archival material previously unavailable.

Many of our collections have been acknowledged as among the best in their field. In recent years, Alexander Street Press video collections have received Library Journal’s 2011 and 2012 “Best Reference” awards; the 2011 Booklist Editors’ Choice award; and dozens of “recommended” and “highly recommended” reviews from publications including Choice, Library Journal, Library Media Connection, and Notes.

Evidence-based Acquisition

In 2013, Alexander Street introduced an evidence-based acquisition (EBA) model designed to maximize flexibility and personalization. The EBA model lets you build targeted video holdings based closely on your institution’s specific needs. With EBA, you can hand-curate your own collection by mixing and matching from approximately 20,000 (and growing) of the titles in the collections described above. More information about our EBA program is available here.



Academic Video Online: Premium’s interface comes equipped with an array of tools to enhance research, teaching, and learning. Key features include:

  • Mobile Access: Stream videos instantly to your mobile device.
  • Transcripts: View searchable, scrolling transcripts alongside a majority of titles.
  • Thumbnail view: Use the visual table of contents to scan hours of video in seconds.
  • Deep semantic indexing: Content is deeply indexed by discipline-relevant fields—facets including things like composer, performer, place discussed, and therapy type.
  • Clipping functionality: Users can easily create, annotate, and share video clips and playlists, and can embed them in third-party sites.
  • Permanent URLs: All videos, clips and playlists can be cited at permanent URLs.
  • Cross-search: All video within Academic Video Online: Premium is cross-searchable through one easy-to-use portal.
  • Comprehensive permissions cover in-class, on-campus, and remote viewing.

Later in the 2013–2014 academic year, Academic Video Online: Premium will become available on Alexander Street Press’s new enhanced interface. For more information on the dozens of features coming soon—including semantic facet browsing, in-depth library usage statistics, translation into 65 languages, discipline-specific landing pages, and customizable learning objects—visit our New Feature Overview.

How does Academic Video Online: Premium stack up?

 Academic Video Online: PremiumLeading Competitor’s Product
Number of Titles 26,000+17,000
Full-length Titles in Humanities and Social Sciences20,000+8,000+
Video Streaming Rates Up to 2.5 mbpsUp to 1.5 mbps
Interactive Transcripts12,000+ titlesTranscripts where available
MARC RecordsMajority of titles indexed for up to 50 fieldsSelect MARC records where available
Browse/Search CapabilitiesSemantic facet browsingStandard subject browsing
Collaborative Academic CommunityShare and collaborate on clips, playlists, and other contentNot available


A sampling of the dozens of high-caliber content partners included in Academic Video Online: Premium*


*Partner content not available in all territories.

Product Information

Academic Video Online: Premium is available by subscription to academic libraries worldwide. No special setup or software is required—all you need is a Web browser. To request a free trial or price quote, or to learn about the thousands of additional titles available in Alexander Street Press’s discipline-specific collections, please email sales [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com.