VAST: Academic Video Online

VAST: Academic Video Online



"Alexander Street’s indexing and faceted searching of this curated collection of high-quality videos presents a very useful interface, which seems to have found a refreshing combination of modern discovery and traditional search and retrieval."  

Reference Reviews


VAST: Academic Video Online delivers key video that touches on the undergraduate curriculum needs of virtually every department, from social sciences to humanities to science. It contains more than 20,000 titles hand-selected from our video collections.

VAST is designed to bring the highest-quality video content to the broadest range of subject areas. Faculty and students will find content in VAST to meet their learning, teaching, and research interests in:

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Business
  • Counseling and therapy
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Ethnic studies
  • Ethnography
  • Health
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Law and public safety
  • LGBT studies
  • Literature
  • Opera
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Theatre
  • Women’s studies
  • And more

Whether you need early 20th century newsreels for your history department, contemporaneous field recordings of previously undocumented cultures for anthropology coursework, or demonstrations of treatment and rehabilitation strategies for traumatic brain injury in the health sciences, you’ll find high-quality and relevant content quickly and easily.

Titles in VAST are 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.

For more information about the available add on to this collection, please click here.

Research Tools

  • VAST is a powerful multidisciplinary tool for researchers seeking new insight into their subjects.
  • Semantic facet browsing provides intelligent information that changes as users search, homing in on exactly what they’re looking for.
  • Users can precisely narrow searches by a range of criteria, including content type, date published, author, person discussed, and more.
  • Coming soon, all VAST content will be available in Google Search.
  • Coming soon, VAST content will be available alongside relevant curated content sources from around the Web, yielding hundreds of thousands of additional videos all searchable together using VAST’s deep Semantic Indexing.


Library Tools

  • Forthcoming VAST features will provide unprecedented levels of administrator support.
  • Free in-depth MARC records are available for more than 80 percent of VAST, with new records added monthly.
  • All content is fully integrated with Summon, EDS, Primo, and WorldCat.
  • Librarians can access in-depth statistics compliant with COUNTER4 and SUSHI, monitor usage down to the specific title, and turn content and features on and off.
  • Library usage stats will be able with 24-hour currency.
  • A series of helpful instructional videos is available to support new users.

Teaching Tools

VAST has been curated with the undergraduate experience in mind. All content is selected by expert editors to match the typical core curriculum.

  • Educators can choose and assign videos for class to watch with ease, and embed links and annotations directly into the syllabus or LibGuide.
  • The platform allows seamless integration with any LMS, including Blackboard, Moodle, and Sakai.
  • A forthcoming suite of apps and an API provide users with tools to use the content in new ways—by making quizzes, maps, study guides, and timelines from content; adding text or telestration to videos; and more.
  • “Clips for College” enhance coursework by delivering easy-to-find, short selections of key content on the most sought-after topics.


Learning and Sharing Tools

VAST is expanding its platform of learning and sharing tools to give even more freedom to build, annotate, and share playlists of videos, clips, and other material.

  • Users can view the entire VAST interface, including transcripts, in 65 languages.
  • Discipline landing pages highlight editor-curated content and playlists.
  • Users will be able to build customized learning objects, drawing on VAST materials and their own content, collaborating with other academics, and sharing these tools with the community.
  • The platform helps users find learning objects created by ASP and the academic community across many disciplines.
  • Students and scholars can export citations in a variety of formats, including Chicago, MLA, and APA.
  • Coming soon, content will be viewable and shareable through our new mobile app, ideal for smartphones and tablets.
 VAST: Academic Video Online Leading Competitor’s Product
Number of Titles 22,000+19,000+
Full-length Titles in Humanities and Social Sciences10,000+8,000+
Additional Subject-specific Video Collections Available30+0
Video Streaming Rates Up to 2.5 mbpsUp to 1.5 mbps
Interactive Transcripts12,000+ titlesTranscripts where available
MARC Records81% of VAST titles indexed for up to 50 fieldsSelect MARC records where available
Browse/Search CapabilitiesSemantic facet browsingStandard subject browsing
Apps and Learning ObjectsComing soonNot available
Collaborative Academic CommunityShare and collaborate on clips, playlists, and other contentNot available


A sampling of the dozens of high-caliber content partners included in VAST*


*Partner content not available in all territories.

Product Information

VAST 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 ASP’s discipline-specific collections, please email sales [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com. For more information about curating your own multidisciplinary collection, please visit our evidence-based acquisition page.


Promotional Tools