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Media Resources Center

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Scope of Collection
The collection serves most humanities and social sciences and, to a lesser extent, introductory science courses.The MRC permanent collection comprises materials in a wide range of subject fields, with emphasis on titles which have broad interdisciplinary interest as well as titles used in instruction on the UC Berkeley campus.. The collection includes dramatic performances; literary adaptations; speeches; lectures and events; primary source recordings, such as historic TV commercials and newsreels; and documentaries, including one of the strongest collections of works by independent film and video makers in the US.

The MRC hosts online audiorecordings of UCB lectures and events, as well as an archive of significant historical recordings, including the Social Activism Sound Recording project and the Michel Foucault Audio Archive. The MRC also hosts a collectiono f online videos produced by the University and in the public domain for streaming to the public, and has licensed high and medium demand documentary titles for streaming by CalNet authenticated users. For more information about these collections, see the MRC Online Media web site.

Collection Strengths
Independent documentary works; primary source media; film as social artifact.

Primary Languages and Formats
The MRC is the UC Berkeley Library's primary collection of materials in electronic non-print (audio and visual) formats. These formats include: DVDs,videocassettes, streaming media, and laser discs; compact audio discs; audiocassettes; slides; and interactive multimedia materials. The MRC collects materials in all languages.

For information about research tools, library guides, and related pages, see Media Resources Center.

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