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Argument and research: Videos

A guide for researching argument writing and speech assignments

Why use video/multimedia?

checkmarkWhy use audio or video sources?


  • can be valid sources for research
  • give you a visual and emotional understanding of your topic
  • allow you to hear important talks or lectures at your own convenience  
  • can provide authentic, first-hand accounts of events from participants or witnesses in the film 
  • are great for presentations you must give in front of a class - keep your audience interested and engaged!
  • need to be evaluated to determine if they are of good quality

Rely on non-fiction audio and video, such as documentaries, interviews, lectures.

Finding DVDs in the library catalog

Library catalog

Search the Library Catalog for DVDs and VHS tapes that are available in the library.

  1. Access the catalog 
  1. Use keywords and filters

Type in basic keywords that relate to your topic. But before you hit the Search button, look at the left sidebar at the "Format" heading. Click the options for "DVD" and/or "VHS" to narrow down your options, and then click Include.

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using dvd and vhs format filters in catalog

  1. Track down the source

Click on the title of an option and take note of the location and call number. If you need help tracking down a DVD or VHS, ask a librarian!

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Example of DVD call number in catalog

Streaming videos in your library

Explore Films on Demand

The library has an entire database full of streaming videos -- entire documentaries or only the particular film segments that seem most useful to you --  along with tools like transcripts and citations.

Other good sources for documentaries online

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Documentaries are non-fiction films and programs about real life people and events. These can be fantastic sources of information for your research!

To start, try these websites:

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Podcasts as resources

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Using podcasts

Podcasts are recorded talks or lectures, often available for download or through apps. Many radio programs are also available as podcasts.

To start, try these websites:

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