As Seen On the Web: Using Online Video for Research
Sites like YouTube (http://www.youtube.com ) and Ted Talks (https://www.ted.com/talks ) have become standards for providing people with information. Depending on your information needs, a video can be far more useful and accessible than text based information. But how do you find quality and authoritative content? How do you share this media with others? How do you cite videos in your research? And can you create videos for your own purposes? In this workshop, you will learn the where and how of using online video for research.
The Case for Video
If you have ever relaxed while watching a movie, been informed by the evening news, been tempted while watching a commercial, learned from on online tutorial or been inspired by a documentary then you are already well aware of the power of video.
Video has tremendous appeal to the vast amount of people who are visual learners. As well as a myriad of arguments for use in an academic setting.
- It can provide a clearer explanation than written text
- It can convey emotion far better than other mediums
- It allows one to revisit or share a moment or experience
- It is familiar to so many of us
- It can be far less intimidating than other mediums
- It is easy to find in our Internet connected world
- It is easy to create with everyday equipment and little or no experience
Finding Video on the Web
We are often exposed to video online in the form of emailed links to trending video and clips on our favorite sites. But to truly experience the power of video, you need to be able to search for what you need.
Using Search Engines to find videos
Search engines will generally allow you to search for different types of media such as images, file types, audio and video.
Bing | http://www.bing.com
Google | http://www.google.com
Social Media: Video
Many sites allow users to create and share video content as a form of social media.
- YouTube Video (http://www.youtube.com/ )
- Vine Video (https://vine.co/ )
- Instagram Video (http://blog.instagram.com/post/53448889009/video-on-instagram )
There are many online databases that provide access to video. Sometimes these databases are publicly available or subscription databases available with login credentials.
- Films on Demand (http://digital.films.com.ez.sccd.ctc.edu:4048/Dashboard.aspx )
Streaming video collection of high-quality educational titles on many subjects that can be viewed anytime, anywhere.
- Smithsonian Institution Archives (http://siarchives.si.edu/press/photos-videos )
Going to the Source
Many companies and organizations have embraced the power of video and routinely post free video content on their site. So if you hear about a great show on PBS ( http://www.pbs.org )or segment on CBS Sunday Morning (http://www.cbsnews.com/sunday-morning/ ) you can visit the site and often find the video.
Citations for Video
Just like any other resource, if you use video in your academic work, you need to give credit by providing citation information.
MLA Citation Film or Video recording
Annie Hall. Dir. Woody Allen. 1977. Videocassette. MGM/UA Home Video, 1991.
Author’s Name or Poster’s Username. “Title of Image or Video.” Media Type
Shimabukuro, Jake. "Ukulele Weeps by Jake Shimabukuro." Online video clip.
Miller, John. Personal video. 23 Feb. 2015.
Creating your own video
In the past, the cost of equipment and skills needed to produce quality video put it out of reach for most people. Today, that isn’t the case. Anyone with access to a smartphone or tablet has access to the powerful video production software and video capture equipment needed to make almost any kind of project. For examples check out, 7 Superb Short Films Shot with Cellphones (http://mashable.com/2011/03/28/films-shot-with-mobile-phones/)
Cell phone & Tablets
Most newer smart phones and tablets have the option to record video. Some have built in editing programs.
Most platforms including IOS and Android have low cost or free apps available for producing video.
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Screencasting is creating a digital recording of a computer screen. Screencasting can be a great way to create tutorials or share information. Sites like Jing, (http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html ) and software like Camtasia (http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html )
1. Film a scene or setting and ask people to create a literary work based on what they see
2. Use as a story telling aid to set the background for a lecture or to spark a discussion
3. Film an experiment for observation, discussion or review
4. Show someone how to solve a problem
5. Use in place of PowerPoint to create a visual backdrop for a lecture or presentation
6. Use to better illustrate a scenario
7. Use to share observations of an environment
8. Create tutorials to teach a skill
9. Use to collect scientific data (observations)
10. Use to collect social data such (interviews)
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Just like any information you find on the Internet, you will want to evaluate your videos to determine if the information they contain is appropriate for our needs.
1. Make sure you understand your information needs
- What kind of information do you need?
- What do you plan to do with the information?
2. Review the page, content, and URL and determine:
- Who is the author? - Are they qualified?
- What is the source? - Is it reliable?
- When was it published? - Is it current?
- What is the purpose of the site? - Is it biased?