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Communication & Rhetorical Studies Resources: Media & Transcripts

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Use the following resources locate media transcripts, video clips from news and media outlets, audio content, and images from photojournalism advertising.

Media Transcripts

    • NexisUni
    • Access more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790, together with extensive current and historical U.S. state and federal statutes, published court decisions and regulations. Registering for a free ID and password within the interface is recommended for those looking to take advantage of personalization features such as alerts, saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.


    • Factiva
      Click "simple search" and select All Multimedia for transcribed programming with audio and video clips from a variety of news sources.


Video Resources

    • Television News Archive
      Archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, FoxNews and more than 9,000 hours of special news- related programming including ABC: 1968 - present, CBS: 1968 - present, NBC: 1968 - present, CNN: 1995 - present, FoxNews: 2004 - present. Syracuse University Library is a sponsoring institution of the Television News Archive. RealMedia or Real Alternative is required to view online video content in this resource.

    • Visual History Archive (Shoah Foundation)
      The Visual History Archive provides an opportunity to access digitized interviews taken with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. Includes 52,000 testimonies in 56 countries with Jewish, homosexual, Jehovah's Witness, and Roma (Gypsy) survivors, as well as liberators and Nuremberg trial participants. Internet Explorer is the only compatible browser. Available on campus only; for a full description, see

    • CBC Archive
      This free site features thousands of radio and television clips from the archives of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, organized by topic and period.

    • WGBH OpenVault
      Open Vault provides online access to unique and historically important content produced by public television station WGBH for individual and classroom learning. The ever-expanding site contains video excerpts, searchable transcripts, a select number of complete interviews for purchase, and resource management tools.
  •       WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971
    In 2007, WSLS-TV of Roanoke, Va., gave news film and scripts from their mid-20th century broadcasts to the University of Virginia Library for preservation and use. The resulting collection spans 1951 to 1971 and comprises approximately 13,000 clips of 16mm film shown during news programs. It also contains roughly 18,000 pages of the accompanying scripts read on air by anchorpersons.

    • Factiva
      Click "simple search" and select All Multimedia for transcribed programming with audio and video clips from a variety of news sources.

    • The Prelinger Video Archive at
      Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven't been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions.

    • The BBC Motion Gallery
      BBC Motion Gallery provides access to clips from video collections including CBS News, BBC News, the Nugus Martin History Collection, and the Huntley Film Archive. This site is geared toward image and footage buyers, but there are helpful clips to be found.

    • British Pathe
      Previews of items from the entire 3500 hour British Pathe Film Archive which covers news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970.This site is geared toward image and footage buyers, but there are helpful clips to be found.

Audio Resources

    • Smithsonian Global Sound
      Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. Search for spoken word recordings, world music, protest music, and more.

    • News & Public Affairs at the Internet Archive
      Alternative independent radio news programming is featured here. In addition to a host of intriguing radio news shows, this collection features the Presidential Recordings collection of historical speeches and secret recordings.

    • Factiva
      Click "simple search" and select All Multimedia for transcribed programming with audio and video clips from a variety of news sources.

    • Radio Programs from the Internet Archive
      "If you're looking for advice about raising your child, conversations about personal change, a forum for transgender issues, or want to listen to an Old Time Radio show: the Radio Programs collection has something for you."

  • BBC News Online: On This Day
    On This Day features archived video, audio, and text from important events in history, organized by date and theme. Showcases of some of the most significant as well as some of the quirkier stories broadcast by BBC News since 1950 and now including a new World War II section.

    Photojournalism and Image Resources


      • AP Images
        AP Images is one of the world's largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery.


      • ARTstor
        Collection of 300,000 images for use in the teaching and study of art, architecture and archaeology. Specialized image collections include Asian art, Native American art and culture from the Smithsonian, the MoMA collection for architecture and design and the Schlesinger photograph collection on the history of women in America.


        One of the largest online photo-sharing communities. Provides searchable access to photos from the general public as well as institutional collections in the flickr commons.


      • Library PressDisplay
        Library PressDisplay provides full page image access to over 240 newspapers representing more than 50 countries. Users can search across papers, or view a paper page by page. Coverage includes a rolling 60 day backfile.


      • Life Magazine Photography Archives hosted by Google
        Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.


    • Photoessays
      Archives of TIME magazine photo essays and newly-curated collections of archival images. 


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