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EBSCO’s History Reference Center Adds Video Content

EBSCO Publishing's History Reference Center (HRC) now includes more than 80 hours of streaming video content, covering the social, political, and cultural history of the 20th century from 1893 to 1985. Fully searchable, alongside a collection of images from EBSCO's Image Collection, the new video content is indexed with detailed reference lists and captions, dates, subjects, abstracts, video length, and shot lists of the clips contained within videos. Library administrators will have the option of deactivating this feature if they prefer.

HRC is a comprehensive, full-text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. The database features cover-to-cover full text for more than 750 historical encyclopedias and other nonfiction books as well as full text for nearly 60 history periodicals. The database also contains 58,000 historical documents, 43,000 biographies of historical figures, 12,000-plus historical photos and maps, and now more than 80 hours of historical film and video.

According to company representatives, the HRC video collection includes speeches by former presidents and Martin Luther King Jr.; clips of Albert Einstein, Oswald being shot by Ruby, and both Kennedy assassinations; events from various wars and United Nations meetings; and footage of the Wright brothers, early automobiles, Henry Ford, and so on. EBSCO has licensed content from Sunrise Media and other companies and sources to expand its video collections as applicable in not only the HRC, but also in other appropriate databases. History Reference Center is the first (and currently the only) EBSCO database with video content.

Source: EBSCO Publishing



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