VAST: Academic Video Online

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Connection note

Recommended that each computer accessing the service has at least a high-speed internet connection with minimum 400 kbps connection.

Alternate title

Academic Video Online, Theatre Collection (Academic Video Online)

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VAST: Academic Video Online is a large multidisciplinary database of searchable streaming video.
Disciplines covered include:

  • art
  • architecture
  • business
  • counseling and therapy
  • dance
  • economics
  • education
  • ethnic studies
  • ethnography
  • gay and lesbian studies
  • health
  • history
  • humanities
  • language and literature
  • opera
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • rehabilitation andsports medicine
  • psychology
  • religion
  • science
  • theatre and musical performance
  • women’s studies
  • and more

Documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and news reels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage are among the video formats provided.


"Help" is available via a link in the menu bar at the top of every screen.

User tools and features

  • Playlists can be created and shared.
  • Instructors can create their own video clips for use in teaching.
  • Selected content can be sent to a mobile device.
  • Permalinks are provided for embedding on other sites.
  • RSS feeds.

Dates covered

Release dates range from 1894 to the present.

Updating frequency





Type of coverage

Streaming video and transcripts.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Some of the titles included are held by the Media Library and may be found through a search of the .

Producer/content provider


Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Alexander Street Press