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How do I search American History in Video?

Learn how to search this database for documentaries and archival footage of important events in American history.

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Betty Sue Jessup Library

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Charlottesville, VA 22902

Search American History in Video

Step 1:

Access American History in Video. (If you're off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your myPVCC username and password)


Step 2:

Enter your search terms in the box at the top, and click Search.

search terms box


Step 3:

A list of results will appear.  Scroll through the videos, and click one to play it.  
click to play video

Step 4:

If needed, you can filter your results by clicking the "Filter" button.

filter button

Step 5:

There are several filter options, but the one that's most helpful is the "Content Type" filter.  For a topic like the "civil rights movement," it's useful to limit your results to only documentaries, speeches, or interviews.

content type filter



  • Need a transcript of the video?  Click the "Transcript" button at the top:
    transcript button
  • Need to turn closed captions on/off?  Click the "CC" icon on the video:
    closed captions toggle