January 23, 2022

Video Search: Keyword Search the First Presidential Debate

2016-09-26_23-20-29The C-SPAN Video Library, a free resource that’s home to more than 225,000 hours of keyword searchable video (just about everything that has ever been broadcast by C-SPAN), allows users to keyword search the complete transcript of the First Presidential Debate (September 26, 2016) and then view video of the keyword(s) being spoken.

The text transcript being searched uses the closed-captioning (aka it’s not perfect).

Direct links to specific questions are also available as well as searchable video from past debates.

Debate Search

Look for the Search Box at Bottom of C-SPAN Page Seen Below


Example: Keyword Search For “Iran”
Click Arrows to View Video For Each Result

Direct to C-SPAN 2016 Presidential Debates Resource (Including Search Interface)

Note Second Interface to Debate Video: Here, the C-SPAN Video Library permits registered users (free) to create “custom clips” of the video by simply moving a couple of levers to start and end points. The clip is hosted on the C-SPAN server with a direct url to the clip provided.

See Also: Text Transcript of Debate (via WaPo)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.