James Madison University
Libraries & Educational Technologies


The publishing field for video and other media format software is not as well organized as print publishing is.  Sometimes, you really have to hunt to track down an elusive title, or the current publisher of a title that has changed vendor, or simply “what’s out there?” in a given subject area.

Here are a few of the major established tools for locating information about media programming:

Bowker’s Global Books in Print
This reference tool is the equivalent of Books in Print for video. 


DocuSeek Film and Video Finder
A search site for independent documentary, social issue, and educational videos, covering several 
leading film distributors' complete collections --
Bullfrog, Fanlight, First Run/Icarus and New Day Films..

CD-ROMs in Print (print; latest available in Reference TK7882 .C56 C34)
Annual publication that covers CD-ROMs and other interactive software programming on all subjects.

Media Review Digest (print; available on Reference abstract/index shelves)
Lists reviews of currently available programming  in video, audio, and CD-ROM formats. Provides distributor information.  

Media Reviews Online
Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO) is a database of video, DVD, audio CD and CD-ROM reviews of materials from major educational and documentary distributors and independent filmmakers. The reviews are written by librarians and teaching faculty in institutions across the United States and Canada.

NICEM – Producer and Distributor Web Sites
A list of vendors with web sites, maintained by the National Information Center for Educational Media.

Public Affairs Video Archives
Provides access to public affairs programming back to 1987 that appears on C-SPAN and elsewhere.  

Television News Archive
The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news.  The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts and more the 9,000 hours of special news-related programming.  

Video Distributor Database (UC Berkeley Media Resources Center)
A searchable database of distributors, providing contact information and subject coverage.

Video Source Book.  20th ed. 1998. (print; available in MediaCenter office rm. 18)
A catalog of in-print feature films on video and programming on all subjects.  Complements the on-line Bowker’s Complete Video Directory on Disc.

WorldCat offers the holdings of libraries throughout the U.S., including many “out of print” programs.  These can be interlibrary loaned through ILIAD.


James Madison University Libraries & Educational Technologies