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i-CONNECT: Step 3: Find Information: Media Sources

Why use Media Sources?

Media Sources...

CCAC Library Media consists of DVDs, music CDs, and audio CDs.


Media sources:

  • can be valid sources for research!!
  • give you a visual and emotional understanding of your topic
  • can provide authentic, first-hand accounts of events from participants or witnesses in the film
  • are great for presentations you must give in front of a class - keep your audience interested and engaged!
  • need to be evaluated to determine if they are of good quality

Library Databases & Media Sources

In addition to the Library's media sources (that you can borrow), many of the Library's databases contain images, audio and video files.  These files have been evaluated and are extremely credible. Here are just a few you can find in various databases:


MasterFILE Premier

American History Online

Britannica Online

Credo Reference


Opposing Viewpoints - audio files from National Public Radio


Opposing Viewpoints - video files from PBS and other independent organizations

American History Online - video files from Universal Newsreels and other video collections

Web & Media Sources

Of course, the Web has terrific sources for images, audio files and videos. Many of these can be used for educational purposes without violation of copyright. 

Here are just a few great sources:

NOTE:  If you use a Google or Bing image search, be aware that the images originate from other websites and may be subject to copyright.

Cite your files!

It's easy to embed an image or video, but you should always give credit to the source! 

DNA. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 15 Jul. 2014. 

"Fed Up With Zero Tolerance In Schools, Advocates Push For Change." All Things Considered 26 Feb. 2014. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 15 July 2014.

Hartness Library. "What's a Library Database?".  YouTube. 29 Aug. 2012. Web. 9 July 2014.

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