Film information resources: Media

Library Catalogue

Films, videos, DVDs, sound recordings, slides

Limiting a search in the library catalogue through the advanced keyword search page can help you find specific types of media.

For more information on the Library's audio and video collections, see Media collections.

Digital media online


The following databases available through the SFU Library will help you find online videos and sound recordings:

  • Hundreds of NFB films free online, including documentaries, animation and alternative dramas.
  • Classical Music Library: Searchable database of online music, from classical to contemporary. Many pieces have associated streaming audio tracks.
  • DRAM: Provides high-quality streaming access to recordings by New World Records, CRI and other important labels. Includes folk, opera, jazz, musical theatre, contemporary and electronic music.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound: Searchable database of online music from around the world. Includes sound effects and spoken word recordings.
  • Sound Ideas Sound Effects Libraries: A database of the soundtracks of sound effects CDs produced by Sound Ideas. Use it to identify the CDs that have the sounds you need, then search the library catalogue with the TITLE "Sound ideas" to find out which of the CDs are available in the SFU Library.

Selected online film sites

  • American Memory Film Collections: Historic films from the Library of Congress.
  • CBC Archive: Over 5,000 radio and TV clips, updated weekly.
  • Europa Film Treasures Restored versions of early, rare, and artistic motion pictures depicting Europe's cultural heritage, politics, and history, from more than two dozen participating film archives in the European Union and Russia.
  • Internet Archive: Moving Images Archive: Free movies, films, and videos. "This library contains thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to videos of every genre."
  • Virtual Silver Screen: "25 films, approx 257 minutes, of unique and rarely seen film footage, found only at Library and Archives Canada."

Selected online sound sites


There are a number of sources for finding online images. For suggestions, refer to the SFU Library's comprehensive guide, Finding and Using Online Images.