We have several multimedia CD-ROM titles available to our students. As you
say, many titles are - how shall I put it? - designed more for entertainment
than research. But we have one title that is used regularly every semester by
students in the Western Civ classes. It is a multimedia version of their
textbook, *The Enduring Vision : a history of the American People* by Boyer,
Clark, Kett, Salisbury, Sitkoff, and Woloch. It was published by D.C.Heath in
1993 (the CD that is). I'm not sure what the whole assignment is but I do know
that the students are asked to compare and contrast various chapters of the
text and CD-ROM. The other titles that get used quite frequently are the
encyclopedias. The international students use them most often.
*The Enduring Vision* includes audio and/or video clips for each chapter. While
there aren't any *live* recordings (audio or video) pre-1920s, there are audio
recordings of speeches and writings (no video) from the colonial period through
the 1920s. Then the *live action* takes over.
I hope this helps some.
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