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Where can I find videos depicting animal mimicry?
Where can I learn to use the latest software?
Where can I see various surgical techniques performed?

From animal videos and software tutorials to surgical interactives, many digital collections feature audio and video sources.

Science and Technology Information Sources

Science and technology includes agriculture, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics, medicine and healthcare, physics, and related disciplines.

The Starting Points page provides an overview of these areas and links to their national associations. These websites often contain useful media galleries.

Many health and science centers have media available to the public. For instance, University of Maryland Medical Center: Audio and University of Maryland Medical Center: Video.

How are audio and video used in the science and technology?

News

People interested in science, health, and technology often want up-to-date information. At Science Cinema viewers can learn about what's happening at the Department of Energy such as their Makerspace Faire.

YouTube provides video channels focused on news such as Health News, Science News and Technology News.

Documentaries and Field Video

Rather than reenactments, scientists and medical professionals often prefer field-based videos. For instance, viewers can watch videos of surgical procedures from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Tutorials

Many websites provide educational materials related to the sciences. MIT OpenCourseware contains more than 100 channels of videos such as "Perpetual Ocean".

Presentations and Programs

From conference presentations to science television programming, video is available on many science-related topics. The TIB AV-Portal “provides access to high grade scientific films from the fields of engineering, architecture, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics.” It includes many lectures of scientists.

Interviews and Profiles

Interviews with scientists and others can provide useful information about professional practices and scientific research. Use the NASA Video Gallery and other NASA resources to find interviews with scientists, engineers, and others involved with the space program. For instance, Sanjay Gupta interviewed veteran NASA astronauts. NASA TV provides both live and archival programs.

Public Service Announcements

Sscientific discoveries and best practices need to be shared with the public. The USDA provides many Food Safety videos to promote public awareness.

Archives and Research

Much of the science video available online was contributed by researchers. Collaborators from around the world contribute to the Encyclopedia of Life website. Search by audio and video.

Audio and Video in the Library

Audio, video, and interactive collections are an important part of most library collections.

Keep in mind that science and technology libraries have a particular interest in resources related to these discipline.

Science and health-related libraries are found in corporate settings, medical facilities, and research complexes. Many government agencies such as the CDC and NASA maintain libraries with audio and video collections.

Many science resources are available through government resources. For instance, go to the Science360 for access to the latest in government videos. It's available through the website or app.

Audio

Audio productions are useful in many areas of science. Podcasts have grown in popularly during the past decade. Many nonfiction audiobooks are now available. Many science groups and government agencies share their findings through audio. For instance, JAMAevidence provides audio programs and podcasts related to core issues in evidence-based medicine. Available through IUPUI.

Podcasts

Podcasts can be found across science and technology areas.

Podcasts are often associated with organizations or periodicals. Science Magazine Podcasts and Nature Podcasts are examples.

Also seek out podcasts by celebrities and scientists such as Star Talk Radio with Neil Degrasse Tyson.

National Public Radio offers many podcasts such as Hidden Brain.

Look for government resources such as CDC Podcasts.

When seeking podcasts, look for areas with logical connections to audio such as public service resources related to health and science. Earth and Sky and Science Friday are popular examples.

Explore Podbay's lists for ideas: Health, Science and Medicine, and Technology.

Science Audio

Math Audio

Video

Video is an important information source across science and technology.

Subscription-Based Video Resources

Many of the ProQuest, EBSCOhost, and Gale subscription databases contain audio and video clips. Do an advanced search focusing on your topic of interest.

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Open Access Science Videos

Association Videos

Teaching and Learning Resources

Science Video Resources

Open Access Medical and Health Videos

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Teaching and Learning Resources

Health Video Resources

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Open Access Technology Videos

Technology Association Videos

Technology Video Resources

Open Access Math Videos

Math Association Videos

Math Teaching and Learning Resources

Math Video Resources

Interactives

Interactives can be found across subject areas.

Health

Check out the Virtual Labs.

Science

Go to Arkive Games. Try an app or online game.

Technology

Go to Edheads. Try the Manufacturing Technician game.

Math

Go to Lure of the Labyrinth. Check out this game interactive.

Mobile Apps

Apps are available across science and technology areas. Many librarians are including mobile apps in their LibGuide such as Mobile Apps from Orlando Health.

Science 360 for iPad by the National Science Foundation is a popular choice.

Commercial Mobile Apps

TouchPress is known for their outstanding science apps including The ElementsThe Elements in Action, Incredible NumbersSolar SystemSkulls, and Molecules. In science history, check out Leonardo da Vinci Anatomy and Journeys of Invention. They are also know of their field guides including Collins Bird Guide.

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Go to TouchPress. Explore their outstanding commercial apps.
You don't need to purchase an app, but be sure to watch one of their videos to get a sense for the contents.

Health and Fitness. Many companies produce health and fitness apps. Many of these tools are intended to trace calories, weight loss, and exercise. Some focus on yoga, breathing, and personal training, while others stress nutrition and provide healthy recipes. Fitness magazines are also popular as apps.

Medical. From diagnostic tools to reference materials, there are many medical apps. In addition, many medical journals and news sources are available as subscription apps. While many apps are for medical professionals, apps are also available for personal medical tracking and information.

Science. Some specialized areas of science are using the built-in GPS feature of mobile devices. For instance, many astronomy apps such as StarWalk 2 allow users to point their device at the sky and track the constellations in real-time. Apps like weather topics use the built-in GPS function too. Many apps are designed for disaster preparation and recovery.


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