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Faculty Services: Locating films and videos

Film and video resources

Locating sources for film and video resources for instruction can be difficult, but there is much more than just YouTube....

The library already has extensive video resources, including the following:

Alexander Street Press and Films on Demand are subscription services, meaning that videos can come and go, the same as with a Netflix subscription, so if you plan to use a particular video, make sure it is still available well before you need it (that way if it is gone, you have time to check with us to see if we can get it from another source)

For Kanopy and Swank, we subscribe to or permanently purchase titles individually, so you will need to check with us to acquire specific titles as needed.

In addition, there are search engines that will show the streaming availability of films and videos:

Note that there are copyright restrictions related to the use of films and videos. The Hoover Library maintains a copyright page here that covers the basics. When in doubt, check with us!

Particularly with videos, we need to make sure that we have an institutional license - personal services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime consider it to be  violation of their terms of use to show films to groups. More information on these types of restrictions (and alternatives) can be found here (University of Florida) and here (Shenandoah University).

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