Finding Audio and Visual Materials
Authors: Martin Poulter, The Economics Network and Paul Ayres, Intute Social Sciences
Last updated 21 October 2016
Here are some pointers for finding video clips, audio or still images to use in teaching economics.
NB By default, copyright applies to materials found on the Web. Permission to use them yourself might be requested directly, or granted in advance using a licence such as Creative Commons.
The METAL project has a range of (3- or 4-minute) videos explaining economic applications of mathematical concepts, freely available for use in your teaching. The more recent DeSTRESS project has twenty videos, of 15-20 minutes each, applying statistical concepts in social science.
If you are based at a subscribing institution, you can benefit from the British Universities Film & Video Council's off-air television recording backup service. You can use the site to order CDs, DVDs or video of a programme from BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five, going back to 1998.
Another service for UK academics is MediaPlus (access to subscribing institutions), which brings together several collections that are free for educational use, organised by academic subject.
If you want to illustrate topics from past generations, the Internet Archive hold public domain film archives including British Government public information films and the Prelinger archive of US information films from the 1940s to 1970s.
Blinkx allows you to search dozens of video news sources, and is a good way to find topical clips.
Search the BBC news archive for video and audio segments related to a particular term, e.g. interest rates
Our Economics in Action blog has audio interviews with economists giving non-technical explanations of their latest research.
Wikimedia Commons has thousands of freely-reusable images related to Economics, although the categorisation is frequently chaotic. Some of these are diagrams of economic models, which others are charts or visualisations of data. This is also a place to look to find pictures of historic and present-day economists.