Find Media

How to Find Media

The library has video and audio materials in physical formats, (e.g. DVDs, CDs, VHS and Blu-rays) and media in online, electronic formats (eVideos, eAudiobooks and eMusic).  The collections of online, electronic media offer a far greater number and selection of titles than the physical collections.

The best way to search for all types of media is to use our online search tool, TAMIU WorldCat Discovery. The results of a search in WorldCat will include all formats, e.g. Books, eBooks, Videos, etc.  The filter panel on the left side of the search results page will allow you to narrow your results to a specific format such as Video, Audiobook, or Music and also to filter by subtype such as DVD video, Bluray video and eVideo, or Audiobook on CD, Audiobook on Cassette and eAudiobook or Music CD, Music Cassette and eMusic.

Once you identify a title of interest in the results list, be sure to check the type of media using the small icon and label near the title, e.g. “eVideo” label accompanied by an eVideo icon. 

  • If it is an electronic media item, click the “View Online” link in the record to launch the eVideo, eMusic or eAudiobook.  Find more tips and help accessing eVideos in the Distance Learning @ Killam Library Research Guide
  • If it is a physical media item, (CD, VHS, DVD, Blu-ray etc.), make a note of the following information:  availability, collection, and call number, which appear in the results display.  The most frequent collections for physical media will be the “Media Collection” located on the first floor of the library or the “Music Recordings Collection” also on the first floor.
  • If it is a title that Killam Library does not own, AND you are currently enrolled as a student at TAMIU or are TAMIU faculty or staff, you can request a physical media item via Interlibrary Loan.  There is no additional fee for this service.  Note: Items owned by the Killam library will be noted as “Held by: TAMIU KIllam Library” in the WorldCat record for each item. 

Additional ways to find physical media (CDs, VHS, DVDs, Blu-rays, etc)

If you would like to browse our shelves you can visit the Media Collection or the Music Recordings Collection, both on the first floor.  Library media are arranged by Library of Congress Classification, which is based on subjects.

Additional ways to find online, electronic media (eVideos and eMusic)

Several of Killam Library’s databases provide access to electronic or streaming media.  You can search within a database for titles or subjects of interest.  Please see the list below for Killam Library databases that provide access to electronic media collections: 

Ambrose Digital is a searchable video collection including many disciplines such as astronomy, art biology, chemistry, geography, geology, history, literature, music, physics, and religion.

Classical Music in Video presents videos of classical music performances as well as some interviews with classical musicians.

Docuseek2 offers documentary and social issues videos on a broad range of topics.

Films on Demand provides a collection of academic and educational videos on subjects across the curriculum.

Naxos Music Library includes a comprehensive audio collection of musical performances with emphasis on classical music, but including other genres. 

Nursing Digital Library specializes in video content relevant to Nursing.

Additional Ways to Find eAudiobooks

In addition to WorldCat Discovery, eAudiobooks are available in various databases sometimes combined with eBook collections.  Here are databases containing eAudiobooks:

EBSCO Audiobook Collection offers a collection of popular and academic Audiobooks including fiction and non-fiction, which can be searched or browsed by category.  Works can be sampled online or downloaded.

Naxos Spoken Word Library provides a collection of literature and non-fiction eAudiobooks searchable by keyword, author, reader, title or ISBN.  Works are playable online by selecting tracks.  Offers mobile app for iPhones.

Overdrive is a collection of eBooks and a modest collection of eAudiobooks including mostly fiction.  There is a separate menu for audiobooks by genre.  The user can “sample” or “borrow” a work.

How to Find Art Images

Art images accessible through Killam Library are primarily located in Artstor and these images are not searchable in WorldCat Discovery.  However, some illustrations and images from other sources can be found in WorldCat.  Artstor is a comprehensive database of high resolution art images across the ages.   This database provides excellent functionality for searching and examining images and allows users to select images to create personal image groups for presentations or sharing.