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Public TV Records at Libraries

TV viewers who watch public television come away learning something. And Libraries users who use our new resource, PBS VIDEOdatabase, will come away learning something about public television.

The PBS VIDEOdatabase of America's History and Culture Online indexes selected PBS produced video titles that are newly reissued in time-coded versions. Indexing provides access to descriptions of over 2,200 video chapters and 36,000 individual video segments.

Many video segments are linked to curriculum resources including primary source documents, maps, graphs, timelines, and illustrations. For password access to the Curriculum Standards Correlator, which lets teachers correlate the videos and resources in the PBS VIDEOdatabase to state and national curriculum standards and utilize the resources in lesson plans, contact Jane Sloan, Media Librarian at

The PBS VIDEOdatabase provides "Search" and "Browse" features, based on keywords, historical dates and academic area preferences. Some titles incorporate lesson plans for K-12 teacher use, which are linked to the search results as well.

Users may access the PBS VIDEOdatabase from the frontpage of the Libraries website, either through Library Catalog or by following the path Indexes & Databases / Arts & Humanities / General Arts & Humanities, OR Indexes & Databases / Social Sciences & Law / General Social Science.

Posted May 9, 2001