Happy Birthday, Yosemite National Park!

October 1, 1890

On this day in 1890, an act of Congress created Yosemite National Park. Environmental trailblazer John Muir (1838-1914) and others campaigned for the congressional action, which was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison.

Interested in seeing Yosemite, but not able to swing a trip to California right now? Do the next best thing … take an armchair trip to Yosemite via Films on Demand.

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park. Photo by George Ranalli.

Did You Know … Mysticast on Films on Demand

Did you know that you can find all of the BSC Mysticast episodes on Films on Demand? The first episode came out in December 2010. Take a look!

To access Films on Demand, a streaming video database that provides thousands of videos on all kinds of topics, click on the Video and Film category of the BSC Library’s databases web page. Type Mysticast in the search box.

To learn more about the Library’s streaming video & film sources, click here.




Golden Arches – This Day in 1990

31 January
On this day in 1990, the golden arches appeared in the Soviet Union when its first McDonald’s opened in Moscow.

Learn more about fast food here.

Watch Big Mac: Inside the McDonald’s Empire on Films on Demand.

Find it through the Primo Library Catalog, or go to the BSC Library’s databases web page to choose Films on Demand from either the A to Z list or the Video & Film category.

Africa’s Great Civilizations Series – Films on Demand


Africa’s Great Civilizations series (PBS) is available from the Library’s Films on Demand database. [Scroll down to Video & Film, or choose Films on Demand from the A to Z list.]

“Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing, and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.”

Titles in the series include:

  • Part 1 – Origins
  • Part 2 – The Crescent and the Cross
  • Part 3 – Empires of Gold
  • Part 4 – Cities
  • Part 5 – The Atlantic Age
  • Part 6 – Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations

Films on Demand is available 24/7 to current BSC students, faculty, and staff. Check it out and learn more about the rich civilizations of Africa.

Image source: Britannica ImageQuest (another BSC Library database). True-colour satellite image of Africa (May 25, 2016)

Database of the Week – Films on Demand

Films on DemandI can’t say enough good things about Films on Demand (FOD), our streaming video database. If you’re not already using it, start today.

Film is a wonderful medium for teaching and learning. FOD includes films on most anything you can think of (currently, 52,308 titles with new content added frequently) from a wide range of producers. To see the subject areas and the number of films available in each area, click here. To zero in on the producers (A&E, BBC, History Education, Frontline, HBO, and Ted, to name only a few), click here.

Watch the films, or segments of films (with or without the transcripts); embed them in presentations; set up your own folder; create playlists; and enjoy!

Find the link to Films on Demand on our databases page. [Scroll down to Video & Film or choose from the A to Z list.]

FOD is available 24/7 to current BSC students, faculty, and staff. Enjoy!


Opioids on Films on Demand

Want to know more about opioids?

Films on Demand has a selection of hard-hitting documentaries that examine the opioid epidemic.

Among the relevant titles are:

  • Warning: This Drug May Kill You
  • Oxyana
  • The Severe Dangers of Opioid Panikller Fentanyl
  • Chasing Heroin
  • Breaking Point: Heroin in America
  • Heroin: Cape Cod, USA
  • Hooked on Painkillers

Find Films on Demand on our databases page. Log in today!

World Cinema on Films on Demand

fod-logoExplore the world via our Films on Demand

World Cinema Collection!

This collection includes the best of the silent era, groundbreaking international directors, American and European masterpieces from the mid-20th century, and award-winning contemporary films. The collection shines a light on the history of cinema and provides a glimpse into the cultures and issues of countries around the world, making it useful in many disciplines from political science to history, world languages, and more. All foreign language films include English subtitles.

Your road map:

To access this or any of our other databases from home, log in with your NDUS credentials. For more information about remote access, check the guide.