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How To Use C-Span’s New Video Archive

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This past March, C-Span launched its new video archive, an extensive online library of video programming dating back to 1987 from all three C-Span networks. Streaming videos can be viewed for free online, and duplicate copies of videos without copyright restrictions can be ordered for education, research, review or home viewing purposes.

Researchers, historians, educators, and those working in politics (as well as people with an interest in politics) now have 23 years of political history immediately accessible from the convenience of a computer screen.

Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text.

To assist video archive users, C-Span just released a short video tutorial explaining how to search their online catalog.

Are you an educator or student? Then you’ll want to take special note of the features at the bottom of each video. Use the social Share link to share the video link with students or classmates via email, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, or Delicious. You can also use the Embed link to post the video on your course website or blog, or to submit as part of an online project.

Note the Share and Embed links at the bottom of each video.


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